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Smoke Under the Bale

My story – hieroglyphics of scuff and blister. How can you know me? Tin and bridle, neigh and crocker sack. My gandy-song – this blue-buzz of flies. Sugar from your palm? No. Give me your fingers. Under this hairshirt steams the vocabulary of the flesh, crosshatched and scarred into meaning. [End Page 110]

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis, a native of Texas, is author of Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2008), her first collection of poems. Her poems have also appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Margie, Detroit’s Metro Times, Callaloo, and other periodicals. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.