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p a s t   i s s u e s....
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l i n k s

 

 

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STEPHANIE ANDERSON



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FOR EVISCERATION


  

I.

Out in the trees bordering barnyard,
dunk chicken in tub of boiling or near-

boiling. A minute or two, depending
on steaming and roiling – don't risk
ripping skin later.  Scalding loosens,

kills what bird hosts. If too short to
properly scald, let Catch.

II.

Foot-loop twine and suspend from hardiest hemlock
branch. Pluck body and pin feathers; save for pillow-stuffing. 
Big flight feathers, wing and tail coverings, last to leave.

III.

Attention to legs
and feet – peel
off skin and scales

and pop toenails
with backwards
bend, pliers perhaps.

IV.

Very fine feathers like silk on corn.
Suspend, singe with newspaper torch.

V.

Stick in cellar sink
and soap it up.
                              Catch doesn't soot
                              but some do.

 

VI.

Take a small knife to
the neck joint, cut out esophagus,
trachea, crop into
waste can.  At neck-body-hinge joint, cut
head loose; set aside.

VII.

Ass-first, steady cuts around the cloaca.
Reach in to muscular gizzard – helps
pull out.  Squeeze too tightly and half-
formed droppings soil the cavity.
            Smear on white to thicken 'stache.

VIII.

Drag out heart, liver, gizzard, and set in the blue bowl.

IX.

Push to almost elbow,
                        peel lungs from ribs.
For rooster, cut out
                        internal penis next to
backbone and tail-like
                        hump; mature hen,
take oviduct and
                        unfinished eggs from
bowl-bound viscera,
                        save the small yolks.

X.

Set aside the cooking schmaltz in the brown bowl.

XI.

Paring knife
to gland at pygostyle's base.
Oil can, 
it works to waterproof feathers.
Toss.

XII.

The gizzard is an over-sized acorn, muscle-firm. Take it
from the blue bowl.  Catch will slice the seams and peel
it off the membrane mass covering stone and feed.  Keep it.

XIII.

Rinse
            body cavity

and place
                  to cool

on counter.







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POINT OF VULNERABILITY


  

An eye
An x
An emoticon
A quiet room
An image
An ear

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A scribble
An elbow
A dark
An innocent eye
An X-ed out &
An imaging

An aging
A O
An angle
A shoulder
A defiant eye
A home with a porch

A door
An us
A questioning eye
A ?
A footfall
A calendar

An elbow
A dream
A neck
A grace
A [ ]
A wounding

An image
• • •
An eye






Bio: Stephanie Anderson is the author of four chapbooks; the most recent, Sentence, Signal, Stain is forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press. A full-length, In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments, is being released this summer by Horse Less Press. She edits Projective Industries and lives in Chicago.
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