Little Masticated Darlings by Lannie Stabile
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Little Masticated Darlings is a series of true crime poems regarding the slayings of two young boys in the summers of 1984 and 1985.
This book is about meat, the juicy discovery of a family secret, and the flesh of boys under a savage summer sun.
Your mother is there,
Your face registers distrust,
even while your tiny hand rests
deadenly on the shoulders
of a man in prison-issued khakis
His thin fingers choke your thigh
as he squeezes your body into
the cold space between him
and your mother.