Stacia M. Fleegal is the author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, 2010), Versus (BlazeVOX, 2011), and the chapbooks The Lines Are Not My Friends (second place, Cervená Barva Press chapbook competition, 2010) and A Fling with the Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2007). She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009 and 2010. Her poems have most recently appeared in Fourth River, The Louisville Review, Skidrow Penthouse, decomP, Pemmican, Blue Collar Review, and The Kerf. She currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, and is co-founder and co-editor of both Imaginary Friend Press (www.imaginaryfriendpress.com) and the online literary journal Blood Lotus(www.bloodlotusjournal.com). Please visit her website at (www.staciamfleegal.com).
Anatomy of a Kiss
Stacia M. Fleegal
The way a foot plants itself on the bed
for leverage to slide closer, or the elbow
which bears the brunt so the back can arch
how it wants to—the anatomy of
a kiss is more than mouths, more than cashmere
wrapped around what wants to be unwrapped,
even more than a satin tongue tracing
the bite about to be taken because
the neck's what swivels it into place, makes it all
possible, is the starting point of
the body-wide undulation desire pulls
from hot breath, stretching it into a long sigh.