Black Petals Issue #97, Autumn, 2021

Razor Beak
Editor's Page
BP Artist's Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
A World of Sensations-Fiction by Michael Dority
Goddess Deva-Fiction by David Starobin
Hunting Ground-Fiction by N. G. Leonetti
Love Letters-Fiction by S. J. Townend
No Content Available-Fiction by Richard Brown
Phantom Smell-Fiction by Daniel G. Snethen
Predatory Peepers-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
The Visit-Fiction by B. E. Nugent
The Working Man-Fiction by Christopher Hivner
The Extermination-Fiction By Dominique K. Pierce
Win-A-Burger-Fiction by Glenn Dungan
Counting Time-Flash Fiction by Ramon F. Irizarri
Terry and the Techo-Frog-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
The Epistolean-Flash Fiction by Harris Coverly
Labelled Rocks-Flash Fiction by Holden Zuras
Along Side of the Road-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Beneath the Weeping Willow-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Half-Life-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Liquid Darkness-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Lost-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Succubus Seductress-Poem by Carl E. Reed
The Crime of Frankenstein-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Brother's Keeper-Poem by Cassandra O'Sullivan Sachar
Razor Beak-Poem by Jessica Heron
The Fall of Vampire Hunters-Poem by Matthew Wilson

Razor Beak


Jessica Heron



Flick each one in mouth until mouth is crammed with clinking. On

tip of tongue sharp fine edges flip. What fun, wrappers like rice

paper, delicate Japanese delights. Mini steel swords named Shark,

Feather touch soft tissue, sail through jaw bone skin, rip, shred

thick protectant. Unruly rips ooze blood through tooth gaps, mouth

locked shut to suck. Sucking metal tastes blood-metal, soaks pale

skin, brown red, grin. More blood-mess, more grins, more drips

more mush, less lips, less mouth. Face bones show through holes,

less the body more the goal to meet delicious demise with dripping

smile: to smile rightly: crunch, slice, crunch, slice snacks from

ziplock baggy packed in brown paper shipped overseas then

intercepted by greedy scheming razor beak teeth.



Jessica Heron has been published in Wormwood Magazine and Pitch/Niche. Her work is forthcoming or published in the Horror Zine and Black Petals. Jessica is thrilled to be a November 2021 poet for the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project. You can find her walking New Jersey’s parks and beaches most days.

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