I began visiting myself—unaware, that I had company,
so, feeling ill at ease, yet—watching myself panic.
Barely missed gestures interpreted that I was unwanted,
disbelieved, and/or a threat. Caught glances before they
dissolved into more focused contact. All food became
reduced to violent texture, violent smell, violent color.
The sensuality of jam demanded as ransom to a barely
tolerated ghost. Feel your throat gradually tighten, until it
becomes like the eye of a needle. At night, you brush your
many tails as the spirit possessing you bounces and plays
with a ball inside your chest. In bathwater, you dissolve.
Light plays on surfaces while it sings. All things have
songs, not all songs are joyful.
The night is thick with demons.
Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is an artist who works within and between language and the visual. Raised east of the Los Angeles River, they live in San Francisco.
M. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia. Ze is the author of Theater of Parts (Sundress Publications, 2016) and three chapbooks, most recently MINE (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming 2017). Their work has appeared in such places as cream city review, Cloud Rodeo, Rogue Agent, Menacing Hedge, and The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). Mack is a founding co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an assistant editor for Cider Press Review, and the monster maker behind What Is Reality Plushies. Find them at mxmack.com.