Pain Taxonomy

Dr. Dog says
I need to
name names.
But some truths
are extradimensional.
I have climbed out
my tree, and now live
in the ozone.
Got a real
up in my retina.
Been ejected
from one borderland
into another
district. Woke
with welts
on my thighs
in the shape
of linden leaves.

Jill Khoury earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Blood Lotus, RHINO, and Inter|rupture. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net award. Her chapbook Borrowed Bodies was released from Pudding House Press. You can find her at