The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Zoe Tuck’s “Terror Matrix”


is it strange that sisters are so distant
what is spoken of a lover he remembered
your name long after he forgot his
own       escape to state where sweet
jane plays and oily fish slides down
my throat        negating the sensation
of hunger        we do a lot of name play
where they learn me through disrupting
rhythm here       in my house where no
one could be said to dwell i introduce
myself only to my captors when they
change my designation otherwise hail no
one knowing no neighbor who greets me
making me in that instant and after      a
living image thus plucked from bare life
and set in mental constellation        all
my stories have gone viral then been lost
forgotten suppressed discarded erased 18
redacted cut up written over        in your
mind’s sky dear ones dear ones do you
remember one story in which i take part
several variants recorded in asia minor
alone heroes get a story goddesses and
gods what do i get        the fact of being
lost in a fantasy        techniques to keep
me this side of catatonia

This selection comes from Zoe Tuck’s book of poetry Terror Matrix, available from Timeless, Infinite Light! Purchase your copy here!

Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, where she first encountered two of her great loves: poetry and breakfast tacos. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2008, she has been an active member of the local literary community, working for several years at Small Press Distribution and co-curating Condensery Reading Series. Her book, Terror Matrix (2014) is available from Timeless, Infinite Light. Some of her recent work can be found in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, as well as online in issue 18 of textsound and issue 15 of dusie. She is also a poetry reader forHOLD: a journal, a monthly blogger at Michigan Quarterly Review, and an occasional book reviewer at the Volta blog. She is currently at work on a manuscript of tarot poems called Summer Arcana. Find her at or on twitter @oh_that_zoe.

Darren C. Demaree is the author of three poetry collections, As We Refer to Our Bodies (2013, 8th House), Temporary Champions (2014, Main Street Rag), and Not For Art For Prayer (2015, 8th House). He is the recipient of three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. He is also a founding editor of Ovenbird Poetry and AltOhio. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.


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