First Apartment by Richard Krawiec

First Apartment by Richard Krawiec

First Apartment

I don’t know how hard you like it,
she said the morning after
we plowed love through her
bleeding, spreading towels
to soak the red flow, so little
cost for so much loss –breath,
sight, even sound reduced
to periphery of skin
gliding skin. As if

we were two marionettes
jerked by a child god,
collapsing into tangle,
wrenched into air,
buckled again into one
twined limb-twisted form.
It was that kind of lust,
string-tangled, enmeshed,
crashing and elevating
scored with squealing
from the accidental pain
of flesh abrading, wondering
if we liked that too.

She raised an egg like a third eye
able to penetrate the dark
wings of our stage, see
what might arrive
in the following act .
I crossed over
the tiled floor, encircled
her waist, kissed her forehead
with mine. She let me cup her
cradling hand, squeeze it
until the shell crack-collapsed
and the viscous fluids dripped
to splatter in the oil-sizzling pan.

©Richard Krawiec 2016


Richard Krawiec’s third book of poems, Women Who Loved me Despite(Press 53), is just out. His work appears in dozens of literary magazines, including New Orleans Review, Drunken Boat, Shenandoah, sou’wester, Dublin Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Spillway, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, etc. In addition to poetry, he has published 2 novels, Time Sharing and Faith in What?, a story collection, And Fools of God, and 4 plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council(twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has been short-listed for Best American Short Stories and nominated multiple times for a Pushcart – twice this year. He teaches Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced online Fiction Writing for UNC Chapel Hill, for which he won their Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active publishing company ( that also runs an online magazine One ( whose work has appeared in Best of the Net. He has worked extensively with people in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites, teaching writing.

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