• The Knife-Thrower Cannot Practice His Art with Pillows and Chocolates

    Jeff Mock

    Spring 2018

    Additionally, he needs a living
    Assistant, someone who

    Can curse his aim
    Well when it needs

    Cursing. He prefers someone
    Named Lola, but you

    Will do just fine—a target,
    But not the one he aims for.

    He promises to keep it simple:
    One knife at a time.

    You hope he’s good. In a way,
    He’s as handsome as every lover

    Who took his chance and left
    A knife in your heart. Now

    Here you are again,
    Strapped, wrists and ankles,

    To the spinning wheel. He winks
    And starts you spinning. Sure,

    You know just how
    This will end, but all

    You want is for him to learn
    Exactly how to miss you.

    Jeff Mock is the author of Ruthless (Three Candles Press, 2010). His poems appear in American Poetry Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the Georgia Review, the Iowa Review, New England Review, the North American Review, Shenandoah, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University.

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