Mar/Apr 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 2 Poetry in TransylvaniaMarch 1, 2016 |

Tourniquet

1. Would This Were Would this were the weary quiet of a medicated nap. Would I could watch the insides of eyelids while sleeping, my world blind as a bundle of thirsty cells. Would this were just a slick round head almost crowning, puzzle pieces of skull shifting to mold a temporary slick oblong head, easier to pass through me. 2. Middle Seat In the middle of Oleander Avenue, a stabbed man cries out in Spanish, and Amber and Thomas, on either side of me in the back of the station wagon, stare out the window and watch Dad tear off the arm of his favorite blue sweater to tourniquet the bleeding man's arm while I look down at two pebbles on the carpet. 3. Prophecy An ordinary day, the day I turned ten, until, standing on a stepstool in the living room, my mother s sewing customer looked up from the pinned cuffs of her slacks and said I'd be two digits for the rest of my life. 4. 4:38 AM Before I was born, the midwi

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Tara Skurtu teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Poet Lore, Plume, Memorious, DMQ Review, B O D Y, and Tahoma Literary Review.

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