Rae Marcus is the author of two short plays, Rule Number Eight and How Do You Feel?, performed as student productions. Three of her poems (“Claustrophobia,” “Porcelain Doll,” and “Choke”) were published in her high school literary magazine. This is her first published volume of poetry. She currently attends college in North Carolina, where she also writes for the university newspaper.

E-mail the author at raemarcus@lightningbugpress.com

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When you’re breaking into fragments
Shards of glass
Don’t let the guilty ones hold
The loose pieces of your broken soul —
Just swallow the glass.

Keep it scraping down your throat —
For wounds on the inside may scar
But the only one who sees them is you —
The guilty ones can’t throw them in your eyes —
If you just swallow the glass.

Scars on the inside
Take longer to heal
But as your body grows numb
The pain gets duller
So just keep swallowing glass...

Until you choke...


Excerpted from Talk to Me Like Autumn
by Rae Marcus.
Copyright © 2001. All rights reserved.

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