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Three Months Without Razor

or the scratch

calling from behind

without kiss of water to skin

without the graze of a finger

or palm to cradle a smile

but love—at times—

like winter

ends abruptly

and with a blade

the pores shocked

and opening

their wide mouths

once again—

without arrest—

dancing with the sun


Aaron Samuels


Aaron Samuels is the author of Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps, released by Write Bloody Publishing. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Asylum Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Samuels is a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective and ranked third place at the Individual World Poetry Slam. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he serves as Co-Founder and COO of Blavity Inc., a digital community for Black Millenials.