How to Fillet a Fish

Lay the body on smooth surface
she was found thirty miles from town

Slit throat down to the belly
her remains strewn around

Work blade between the spine and flesh
fields and woods, the crows unburied her

Stop when you hit backbone
piece by piece. identified first by crushed

Push knife through the body
knuckles, they traced the story back to

Discard ribs and thin, fatty belly
the splintering cabin where

Cut below gills: remove the head
they discovered him hanging

Remove skin from meat
now her hands keep knocking—

Rinse, repeat.
how will i be found?

Front page image by Jay Dodge.

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