Piecemeal Existence


each tendon

in detached heaps

flesh on burning pavement

 

you are not insane

pulling on your own intestines

another skull caved in

 

burnt out cars and broken glass

a bellicose shard in bowels

humans selling emotions

 

liquidate the language you create

leaf through the solid waste

writhing in oceans

 

beginning and end

both melded gates

your fetus saw your corpse

 

the waves they flattened into strings

and continued on their course

About Sean William Lynch
Sean William Lynch is a poet from New Jersey who was born in 1992. Lynch's first book of poems "the city of your mind" was published in 2013 by Whirlwind Press. Frank Sherlock, the poet laureate of Philadelphia, called Lynch's debut poetry book "visionary." CA Conrad claimed that the book was "marvelous!" S.W. Lynch's writing has been featured in numerous publications online and in print, including Milkfist, Poetry Quarterly, and Tincture Journal.

15 Responses to Piecemeal Existence

  1. Bloody. And it’s weird, because I’m reading a book about the American response to the Holocaust right now.

  2. aleanansidhe says:

    Yes, violent, but beautifully written and moving. I love it when art is graphic — it lets people see/feel/hear/know it more.

  3. aleanansidhe says:

    No problem. Thanks for posting it.

  4. Gina Marie says:

    It’s dark, but the imagery is powerful (particularly: “Your fetus saw your corpse”).

  5. Excellent handling of violence. You could have gone way out there but this is really tight, and makes the poem stronger.

  6. Great phrase, ‘liquidate the language’. Appreciate intensity of poem’s detached observation of human soup of misery.

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