Kevin Sampsell – Like New

Learning a new language
is like learning a new cell
phone, your hands move
differently, your voice
points, altered, into a new hole
You get used to it

A new pair of underwear
is like a new superhero
being born in your mirror
you imagine standing
bravely, foolishly,
in the middle
of a street
ready to destroy evil of
any size and shape
even if it starts raining



Kevin Sampsell is the author of This Is Between Us and A Common Pornography, among other books. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also runs the small press, Future Tense Books. His fiction, nonfiction, and collage art have appeared in many publications.


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