“Why should our bodies end at the skin, or include at best other beings encapsulated by skin?” - D. Haraway (quoted in Corinne Lee)




Desire distilled. Silenced.


Desire hung upon anorexic

memories, once plump.

Now nervous and lonely.


This isn’t what we dreamed of.



Desire to touch – illicit.

Boundaries of pale

epidermis. Yours: here.

Mine: only a foot away.

Immiscible membranes.


How did we become mutually exclusive?



Idiosyncratic defensiveness.

Don’t move closer.

Psychosomatic response:

weathered Hope.


                                                Please just hold me, we’ll make it through…




- Stacy Kirpichova