The Killer in Me

by Justin Dodd

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In a cove, in a suddenness
of sea and sand I find myself
on a strange journey——on the ocean’s
foam you live——on the waves that do not
come to shore you live——on the waves that crush
and die on reefs you live——each time we leave each
other a small thing dies——a smaller thing
dies too. How many departures do we have——
like the grains of sand on a beach——like that——Why do I
love him whom the world hates so? I
shuffle shells between my fingers——some calcium
some lead.


Justin Dodd was born and raised in central Virginia. He graduated from both the University of Virginia and Columbia University. He moved to Manhattan in 2001 and now resides in Brooklyn with his four cats. Dodd is a book designer for HarperCollins and is trained as a photographer and sculptor. In his spare time Dodd roadies for his sister’s band Screen Vinyl Image and feeds the stray cats on his block. His work has appeared in Western Humanities Review , Fourteen Hills , Cerise Press , and Word for/Word among others.

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