How Wrinkles Were Invented

after Bob Hicok 


Hands folded into empty. The need

to press & iron. Lines to read between & history


pried from each furrow. Once,

you laughed so bright the dry heat


mistook you for its maker, chased you across oceans

& back, the spray of sunlight playing hide & seek


among the seams of your forehead. Head

forward & your skin retreats within itself


the way a house collapses:

loosening. Rusty jawbone dried, eyelids


shuttered & weathered, the squeak of knees folded

into obsolete. The skin retreats


within itself, but new hills always manage

to worm their way out of the creases.


Note: “How Wrinkles Were Invented” is titled after “How Origami Was Invented” by Bob Hicok.

MARIE UNGAR is a writer from Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sooth Swarm Journal. Marie’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Eunoia Review, Words Dance, and Moledro Magazine, among others.