Bonus Cut Poetry: “atlas” By Justin Cook


This is the ninth 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 ninth installment features Bonus Cut’s own Justin Cook.

By: Justin Cook

feel these shoulders
head downcast from heaven.

who knew how heavy
an atom could be
split like a wishbone.

unfasten my back
spine arched, a swan neck
deformity in fingers. mountains
cavern shoulder blades

till candles blow out i bear
the equator an ornamental halo.

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