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Harris Coverley: The Mob

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2022

The Mob

 

by Harris Coverley

 

 

one mouth

spread across two thousand holes

with anything up to

sixty-four thousand teeth

between them

 

all screaming

all shouting

all grinding

torches alight

the stomping of four thousand feet

the rustle of coats

the frequent spitting

the occasional chortling

 

four thousand hands

whipping on you

scoring you

tearing you

blistering exhausted skin

shattering flesh

 

but upon your own lips

a bitten tongue licking the blood away

you manage to offer them

from the heap of you on the ground

a response:

 

“never . . . I say . . . never . . .”

 

 

Along with previously in Yellow Mama, Harris Coverley has verse published or forthcoming in Polu TexniCalifornia Quarterly, Star*Line, Corvus Review, Tales from the Moonlit PathDanse Macabre, Once Upon a Crocodile, The Rye Whiskey Review, 5-7-5 Haiku Journal, and many others. He lives in Manchester, England.


Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022