Cutting

In the afternoons the boy fumbles with the hatchet
like the razor he took from his father

the day he wanted to shave the child
off of his face. From my porch I watch

him swing into a pitch pine at the edge
of his field, its yellow flesh chipping

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A Ph.D. student in creative writing at Georgia State University, Joshua Lee Martin has been published in The Cumberland River Review, decomP, The Soundings Review, Town Creek Poetry The Kentucky Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, The San Pedro River Review, The Concho River Review, and elsewhere. He recently was a finalist in the 2016 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition, and his chapbook, Passing Through Meat Camp, was a finalist in the 2015 Jacar Press Chapbook Competition.

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