I skinned myself alive, unfastened tendons,
pulled out veins,
slid out lymphnodes, took out organs, removed
disassembled my skeletal system,
took apart my brain,
deconstructed my heart.
And there it is,
bruised and raw in the sea.
About The Author: John S. Pirres describes his work as broken pieces of the external world, with fragments of his psyche inserted into the cracks of the literal. Pirres was raised in a working class section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, called Bradley Gardens, and now lives in Sayreville, New Jersey with his girlfriend Karen. Pirres is an academic specialist for learning disabled college students and plans on attending graduate school for English and Comparative Literature in the near future.