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Definition of Rape

Compulsory, exam & then rank

Sneer of an obliterate face 

Unchosen & pulverized absence

A shoreline of gnashed teeth


Count from a million backwards   

Deficits bone deep, a cannot be

Impossible & final & a weapon

A violence defined by its survivors   
Posted 09/02/12
This poem was encouraged by Emily Kendal Frey, who asked people "to write their own 'Definition of Rape' poem or piece and to post it publicly." Thanks to her for the idea and the challenge. This poem was edited, with grace, by Kate Farence.
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