This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Book of Levitations by Jenny Sadre-Orafai & Anne Champion, released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2020.
Like boys, you too were born with power—
you just didn’t know how to steal,
asking politely, your fingertips
under your friend’s body, chanting
light as a feather, stiff as a board, waiting
for her to hover, searching the night
for hidden constellations. Once,
you dreamed the moon turned red
and split like a peach to nurture you.
Once, you asked a Ouija board
who would marry you and it said
yes. You visited an old woman with tea leaves
who envisioned a black hole
in your spirit. Your psychic pressed
tarot cards to the table and said
that all your men would be lions
or tigers. You took aura photos
and finally saw yourself as a prism of light
refracted. You need no meteorologist—
your head throbs whenever there’s a storm.
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