Skin Splitting

Skin Splitting

by Bryanna Licciardi
Skin Splitting

Skin Splitting

by Bryanna Licciardi


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Skin Splitting, Bryanna Licciardi's debut poetry collection, ventures to the dark side—of humor, of cultural history, of being a woman today—and turns on a light for us, triumphantly exposing a body rife with flaws and obsessions. Licciardi doesn’t just laugh at her fears—she tries to date them. Drawing from quirky news and history, shameful coming of age memories, and imagined dates with serial killers, these poems consume everything. From the mundane to the insane, Licciardi devours both fact and fantasy down to a shining carcass of truth. Skin Splitting was a finalist for the international 2016 RL Poetry Award and was “highly commended” by the 2016 Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Licciardi's poem "Pack," included in this collection, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize by Inklette Magazine. This collection delivers a feminist, hilarious, strange, and much-needed voice to the modern reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635342963
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.11(d)

About the Author

Bryanna Licciardi resists the question, "Where are you from?" She has lived all over the country-California, Texas, Michigan, Massachussetts, Louisiana-and currently resides just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BA in English from Austin Peay State University and her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College. Currently, she's studying literacy in a doctoral program at Middle Tennessee State University, where she also works as an academic advisor. When she's not working on a new diet plan for her overweight cat, Bryanna writes poetry, fiction, essays and lectures. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as BlazeVOX, Cleaver Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Adirondack Review,, and Luna Luna. More information about her work can be found at

Table of Contents

Naked 1

Why We Aren’t Animals 2

At a Party, John Wayne Gacy puts his Arm around me and Says

We’ve all been there Before 4

Pack 6

We Normally Avoid Scotty’s House 7

On Leaving the Green River Killer 8

Pair Bonds 10

The Angel Makers and I Try to Bake a Cake 11

On Learning I am the Bully 12

Parasomnia 13

Someone Sets me up with Charles Manson 14

Skinned 15

Floating, Sinking 16

The French Ripper Takes me to a Hot Dog Stand 18

Trying to Reason with the Baby I Never Plan to Have 19

Specimen 20

Jeffrey Dahmer Invites me to a Dinner Party 21

I Put Her Back Under my Floor 23

The Grim Sleeper Takes me Hiking Before his Execution 24

Perspective 25

Sunday Morning Slasher Dies on a Friday, My Letter Doesn’t

Arrive ‘til Monday 27

Your Friendly Female Anthropologist’s Take on Bar Pick-Ups 28

Bucket List 30

Losing Weight 31

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