By Reason of
by R. A. Allen
Poe after Gein
Cut the topsoil
and shovel six feet.
This disinterment is
for a bedsheet rope
out of Taunton State.
pierce the parchment
of your once-
My sinews and veins—
an interstate system
adorn my forearms
Ah, to dig up
an old friend
after so many
“By Reason of Insanity”
originally appeared in The Violet Hour in 2016.
A. Allen's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York
Quarterly, RHINO, B O D Y, The Penn Review, The Los Angeles Review, Cloudbank,
The Hollins Critic, and in the anthology Celestial Musings. He
has nominations for The Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net 2020. His
fiction has been published in The Literary Review, The Barcelona
Review, PANK, The Los Angeles Review, and Best American Mystery Stories 2010,
among others. He lives in Memphis by the Mississippi. More at https://bodyliterature.com/2020/02/17/r-a-allen/
Originally from Bronx, New
Real works as a plumber in
New Jersey. When he’s not snaking pipes, he likes
to have a few beers and listen to Classic Rock with his childhood friend, fellow Yellow
Mama artist Jack Pepper.