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Emma Camp is a junior in the Alabama School of Fine Arts Creative Writing department. Her work has been featured in Canvas, Blue Marble Review, The Interlochen Review, SugarRascals, Rookie, Girlspring, Cicada, and PolyPhonyHs, and is forthcoming in Venus and The Orange Island Review. Her work has also been honored by both Hollins University and Gannon University as well as been awarded two gold medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

​                                               ​​​​​​​​​​-After the St. Paul rape case

There is a swiftness to it
Fishlike. A sliver of muscle that demands.

Let’s hear the stifled sobs.
A back driven into concrete floors
until it stays still.

Her body is something to be carved into.
Pare rivers into skin. Rake hands over.

She is as open as a birthright 
A slab of flesh. A uniform dress to take off.

Remember to touch her lips and 
ignore the flutter in her throat.

Say it was love that made you pluck her up.

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