The Sound of Rape


Nix Angst! Yells the soldier / who just raped / my wife / in front of our baby / don’t fear! A pat on the shoulder / and an earnest smile / from a man no longer a man / Russki gut! He says / in broken German / I, a half Jew / have been forced / to trade one master for another / and the look on her face is like a shovel dug into my chest / don’t look / she had said / I couldn’t oblige / the wailing of our child / is a train coming to a sudden halt / of steel grinding against steel / of human beings robbing each other of humanity / it is the sound of rape / imprinted into paper skin / of a rose crushed into a book

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.

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