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March 29, 2021 / barton smock

chapbook publication announcement: skin to skin in an unmarked life

Huge thanks to Trainwreck Press and to John C. Goodman for holding space that I might do some small above ground work with my new chapbook called SKIN TO SKIN IN AN UNMARKED LIFE.

Would mean the world to me were you to purchase it and subsequently open it long enough to give it some closure.

title is 6.00, and can be purchased HERE

Let me know when you do what you think or what you unthought.


from the page:

Size: 5 ½ x 8 ½
Pages: 28

Skin to Skin in an Unmarked Life
by Barton Smock

Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and four children. He is the author of the chapbook infant*cinema (Dink Press 2016) and of the full length Ghost Arson (Kung Fu Treachery Press 2018). His other work is privately self published and available upon request. He writes often at



I don’t have anything poetic to say about names beyond that we killed the animals in the wrong order. I remember a rabbit disguised as milk as clearly as my dog does a dream of a whale moaning a verse from its lonely size into a bullet hole meant for something smaller. I’m not sure that wordplay tricks trauma out of its inheritance, though suppose it’s possible that incompletely by accident the fleeing angels of our absence return harm over and over without a scratch to a satellite touching itself in a photograph developed by god’s avoidance. In a town for homesick people who use sex as a lamp, there’s a first time for everything except recognition.

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  1. barton smock / Apr 2 2021 12:00 pm

    Reblogged this on kingsoftrain and commented:

    well yeah again

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