This selection, chosen by Guest Curator H.V. Cramond, is from My Name & Other Languages I am Learning how to Speak by Jai-Alai Books in 2020.
What Is Written
is body is leg is face is torso is script
scrawled in bark. is oak trunk nose. is back
to the cotton fields. back
to the kitchen. is eye is iris is the iris’s
full petal lips. is their diffident curl.
is the river is the waist. is slutty. is the shoulder. is ugly.
is cumulonimbus. is the coils on the head
is a torrent scraping plains
is violence. is violent. is beauty. is the body. is a corn snake
peeking through the brush. is the shadow
of a fox on the bank of the creek. is the shadow
of the knee. is fat. is the creek. is welfare queen. is the leech
lurking in sludge. is that your sister
or your baby? is the blood
gummed to its lips is the body. is angry.
is the body is the body.
is undesired. is the batting lash.
is Jezebel. is the weeping scar.
is dusk. is cloud. is the moon-eaten lake.
is the sheet of flesh. is a solstice night.
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