Incision

By Jillian Weise Jillian Weise
The nape of my neck is a tell.
Otherwise you wouldn't notice
with the layers of clothes: shirt,
vest, scarf, coat.

Undressed, it's a solitary hole
in the middle of a white wall, you   
can't help but stare, what picture
hung there, what of, what color?

It gets worse than this, you'll
want to see how far down it goes.
The circular incision top and bottom,
a line contained by points.   

The seal of an envelope, opened.

FOOTNOTES: Published by Soft Skull Press, 2007

"Incision" by Jillian Weise, Copyright © 2007 by Jillian Weise from The Amputee's Guide to Sex. Reprinted by permission of Counterpoint Press.

Source: The Amputee's Guide to Sex (Soft Skull Press, 2007)

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Jillian Weise was born in Houston, Texas, in 1981. Her first poetry collection, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (2007), is a bold investigation of disability and sexuality. Weise has said of its composition, “In a way, I did not know what it meant to be disabled until I started writing the poems.” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise’s gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded . . .

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