Boy’s Heart is on the Outside of His Body

“Boy’s Heart is on the Outside of His Body” is an oddly plain title for a wildly creative poem.  Here is an excerpt:

“He carries his heart 
like a backwards rucksack
full of books; a bad shoulder strap
that keeps slipping, unhitching,
and he has to keep propping it back up
awkwardly, hoping no one’s looking.”

This poem appears in the chapbook, Freakcidents, by Michael A. Arnzen.  You can read the entire poem here, learn more about the chapbook here (described as “character studies of impossible mutants and imaginary sideshow freaks in dark and humorous poetry”), or visit Arnzen’s homepage here (where “you’ll find plenty of strange and offbeat things lurking around,” says the poet, who specializes in horror poetry).

Arnzen is the winner of the 2004 Bram Stoker Award.

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