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Audrey Spensley is a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. Her work has been published in Magma Poetry Journal and Eunoia Review.

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She wants to tape it
to the softer parts of her skin—
     Danger, children playing;
her first tattoo on her second body.

             She dreams again about stripping
on the subway. Sticking to the blue plastic.
A woman tapping her shoulder with a hickory stick—
           Could I take your seat? Please?
She wakes sweating in light gray as an organ.
Please? Life here is the pursuit of another meal.

Children playing—she pools tips
with the other girls. Learns how to open
              like a sky torn by storm. 
Outside the streets are infected 
with language. She tapes the sirens 
at night to replay by day. Their frantic song
           like a waltz, floating up & up.