Blackbird an online journal of literature and the arts Fall 2007  Vol. 6 No. 2


Chris Abani
Victoria Chang
Michael Chitwood
Keith Ekiss
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
Beth Ann Fennelly
Raza Ali Hasan
James Hoch
Cyan James
Julia Johnson
Larry Levis
Khaled Mattawa
Timothy O’Keefe
Catherine Pierce
Jon Pineda
John Poch
Austin Segrest
Louie Skipper
Ron Smith
Robert Thomas
Joshua Weiner
Lesley Wheeler
Charles Wright


In Which I Imagine Myself Into a Slasher Flick

The Jennies get it first.
The Trishes. The Ambers.
Never my silhouette through
shower steam. Never my red
mouth in close-up. I’ve got
straight A’s and no boyfriend.
I’ve got Friday nights
and sleeping neighbor children.
But worry. Because I’ve got
an unadorned name. Sharp
vision by moonlight.
My father’s rusted hatchet
and a jetliner scream.