Peter Marra – A GOOD SURGERY


sockets in three locations

there was no system.
the general theory is that
she made a way of controlling her body
by blocking out the downs and everything livid
because it was a living system of welts and bruises.

this time it was skin.
way back then,
she was strutting
her stuff to the first room.
inside was a huddled mass
that was exploring new areas of deceit.


she rubbed her hands together
touching fingertip to fingertip
and politely excused herself from the event.

in the garden
she saw two woman reading.
their books gave advice about science and sexual positions.

A quote: “International orgasm. The doctor has your panties, my bare blue psycho.”


they decided to bare their sex to each other
and to release the movies.
(the stories told by the beasts of eve)

they drew internal diagrams
whispered about blasphemy
and placed the organs on a stone by the pond.


Born in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Peter lived in the East Village, New York from 1979-1993 at the height of the punk – no wave rebellion. Peter has had a lifelong fascination with Surrealism, Dadaism, and Symbolism, some of his favorite writers being Paul Eluard, Arthur Rimbaud, Tristan Tzara, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry Miller. His favorite artists are Salvador Dali, Felicien Rops, Dante Rossetti and Amedeo Modigliani. Peter’s earliest recollection of the writing process is constructing a children’s book with illustrations in the 1st grade. The only memory he has of this project is a page that contained an illustration of an airplane, drawn in crayon, caught in a storm. The caption read: “The people are on a plane. It is going to crash. They are very scared.”


  1. It’s quite a dreamy experience opening a door to a choreography of psychological symbolism. Dipping its fingers in the conflicted organism the author seems to perform a biopsy of the feminine element

  2. I enjoyed this one immensely. The symbols flow into each other, to make a poem that can be appreciated without deep reflection, but as befitting a Danse Macabre special, there is much more than meets the eye.

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