Black Marbles by Anna Ryan-Punch

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You turn the pagesBlack Marbles by Anna Ryan-Punch

to rape the printed landscape

of senses and voices

Torn from the parchment and chained up

behind black marbles.


Put those eyes away,

shut that flesh around your tears

Their narcotic varnish could leak

and skin my hands raw

like a dead blade.


AUTHOR BIO:  Anna Ryan-Punch is a Melbourne poet and critic. Her published poetry includes work in Overland, Antipodes, The Age, Quadrant, Westerly, and Island. She also blogs at