Puzzle Skin

I was working on writing a poem that included a Pop Culture reference and saw a picture of a friend’s tattoo of a puzzle-piece version of Frankenstein’s Monster. And so, this (which has nothing to do with my friend or his personal reasons for his tattoo):


In the middle of summer, he removed
his shirt and stood next to the open hood,

engine steaming, when I first observed
the Frankenstein’s monster tattoo

covering his right bicep, broken down
into puzzle pieces, part of the lip and neck

and forehead missing. I imagined how
it might look, the lower jaw and neck

revealed beneath a shorter-sleeved shirt,
how the face might look when he

was having sex, how the forehead glistened
with sweat, how it would feel no different

under my fingertips, but somehow should.


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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