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Becky Fink | Word Riot
Poetry | February 16, 2014

Let Me Try to Explain Myself by Becky Fink

Listen to a reading of “Let Me Try to Explain Myself” by Becky Fink.

When the Doberman tackled me, and tore my scalp in two, my mother says my forehead fell over my eyes. There is innocence in every emergency. They strapped my small body to a board, shaved my head, gave me 33 stitches. Sirens always say the same thing. So do ringing phones. I am tired of explaining myself. The edge of dice are supple, roll over green felt. I want to be somebody’s lucky charm. I will never say this out loud. Each time the city holds