This selection, chosen by guest curator Addie Tsai, is from Look Alive by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, released by Southeast Missouri State University Press in 2021.
What’s unthinkable, awkward
as stepping backward down
stairs, cruel as pushing aside
a home-cooked meal, seems
to me most human—embrace
the symmetry between womb
and casket, slip the overdue
book of the body down a dark
chute. Sunrise isn’t assured to
any, so why direct your gaze to
the orchid, intricate as an ear’s
innards, demand it be enough.
It may never be. You’re still my
sister—vanished in hip-high
grass, silence that greets panic.
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