Pincers – Juliet Cook

man made animals turn into
animalistic women
fangs rip off the gear shifts

the female parts trap doors
can’t see with one eye anymore
but if you close one, what happens

to the other one? does it explode
into your face or become
an on & off strobe light?

depending on which door is opened
depending on which eye is closed
depending on which mouth opens wide

and why can’t you hold this in anymore
and why can’t you fit your red light
into any one room

you’re the one who made this girl
jam a shark tooth into her nose
until the blood wouldn’t stop
until it couldn’t be pulled out

until one side of her head turned
into sharpened killer teeth
hiding in the hotel bathroom
bath tub bubbling red


Juliet Cook¬†is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and red explosions. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications, recently including FLATTERHOUSE, Ghost Proposal, H_NGM_N, Hermeneutic Chaos, ILK, and Menacing Hedge. She is the author of more than thirteen published poetry chapbooks, most recently including POISONOUS BEAUTYSKULL LOLLIPOP (Grey Book Press, 2013), RED DEMOLITION (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014) and a collaborative chapbook with Robert Cole, MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). Another new collaborative chapbook by Juliet Cook and j/j hastain, Dive Back Down, is forthcoming from dancing girl press later in 2015. Cook’s first full-length poetry book, Horrific Confection, was published by BlazeVOX in 2008 and her second full-length poetry book, Malformed Confetti, is forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles Press later in 2015. You can find out more at¬†

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