by Mark Berriman

I had a roommate
who would argue
with electric razor 
commercials on television.

“It’s impossible
to shave closer
than a blade.
What can possibly
cut closer
than a blade
against skin?”

“Poetry,” I answered.


“Cuts You Up” appears in Mark Berriman‘s collection Kink in the Chain (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 2013), available at North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., or

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Berriman is the publisher of the Stillwater (MN) Gazette. He has called the Twin Cities his home for the last fifteen years. He is an author, poet, artist, columnist, musician, and active community leader. He is married with four children. His work has appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and numerous regional and national periodicals. His artwork has been featured in galleries throughout the Twin Cities. Visit the author at