Martha Collins

[white paper #2]

the skin under
all skin is all
white seen skin
is skin deep none

is white pink
is blood showing
through almost
transparent thin

skin blood as in
on our hands
protected by gloves
laws guns while

brown tan to almost
black protects from
sun that burns
us red-handed us

Martha Collins is the author, most recently, of the book-length poem Blue Front. She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine. Her sixth book of poems White Papers is due out from Pittsburgh in 2012.