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Unicorn Flesh
by Yoon Ha Lee

tender it is
dissolving like crushed sugar
the instant
it passes between your lips
and is enveloped by your breath

tender it is, and warm
leaving no texture against the tongue
just the memory
of foam, of fossils, of moth-eaten satin
and all things once white

tender it is, and warm, and fatal
for it stains your hidden marrow
deepest red
and after that last lancing pleasure
the world becomes your poison.

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Yoon Ha Lee's poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and Star*Line. Her fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She lives in Washington state with her family.


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"Unicorn Flesh" © 2006 Yoon Ha Lee. Used by permission of the author.
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