Bonus Cut Poetry: “spinal chord (key of be)” By Justin Cook


This is the second installment of Bonus Cut Poetry, a new series that features original poems by Bonus Cut staff, artists and YOU! In this series, our mission is to bring people together in poetry, share stories and display wonderful artistic pieces. If you would like to have your poems in the next Bonus Cut Poetry installment, just email us at

Our second installment features Bonus Cut member Justin Cook.

spinal chord
key of be
By: Justin Cook

stemming from hips, to my temples,
i fell in love with the tap of ivory.
marrow carved, chromatic shadows;
tempo grooved to my ribcage.

skull fusing midnight notes.
dissonant ebony reverberates bone.

b-sharp unlocks a soundboard—
my fractured adolescence, cast-gold
frame for tendons and strings;
the crucible, tuned, just intonation.

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