Poem by Steve Sibra


 

Skin Farmer

Consider the snake’s skin
revelations as it twists cool
along the fevered nape of your precious neck
like Errol Flynn interrupted
on an elaborate holiday
muttered afterthoughts, little clouds
of whispered curses and gasps;
suddenly you remember an episode
frantic and illicit
sex in the back of your Mum’s ancient
motor coach – hearts trapped inside themselves
breath bursting like eggs in the uvula
of radioactive chickens. It’s all the sliding
that the process involves;
friction thaws the flesh into spasms.
You can feel it now, you swallow hard
little scratches from the fender skirt
of each scale, a dance of cold blood;
you can’t believe it as your lover
peels back the layers, your onion skin
dissipates
and you find the bones have grown brittle
too much time outside the light
they will pull you taut, stretch your hide
on stained pine boards
a booth at the last turnout before the state
line looms;
another dark and feeble foot print
in sandstone; another roadside
attraction.

 

Steve Sibra grew up on a small farm near the town of Big Sandy, Montana, during the 1960s and 1970s. He has lived in the Seattle area most of his adult life, and has made a living as a dealer in vintage comic books and related pop culture ephemera. Steve’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals including Matador Review, Jersey Devil Press, and Jellyfish Review.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer,photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows bothin the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.

 

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