PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA

Shark’s Mouth

Room Magazine - - CONTENTS - LEAH LAK­SHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA

My mom started rap­ing me as a baby, and maybe that is why I love a shark’s mouth glittering with teeth. My cunt is a cracked-open geode spilling with a mil­lion bladed gems. A hole that grins, ripped open, scarred from its open­ing and tear­ing, still will cut you. I would never have asked to be this other than hu­man, to carry this par­tic­u­lar wound. But this is the wound I carry. Born to? Un­sure. I bear my own self-de­fence, these glittering bro­ken blades, this in­no­cent hun­gry smile.

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