This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Automotive by Ceridwen Hall, released by Finishing Line Press in 2020.
at the DMV
you go sweet and pliant for convenience sake, let the clerk decide your eyes are blue like the many chairs and the number 41 you are assigned to be processed; you wait and stand and answer yes and no and 1987 and recite the letters in the vision screening; something peripheral flashes and you lift an arm, consent to be an organ donor; 5’7, then spell your entire name again until it sounds strange to you and like the surface of water, ripples or splashes; when you sign the registry, you find you’ve been labeled male, point the error out, nicely, are asked to repeat your data, watch all of it bob around as if in a blue pool where letters grow light and plastic and the weather is lovely today you agree and write a check, then sit at the monitor and answer questions about fog or how to pass slower vehicles, how to survive various abstract and hypothetical scenarios on roads unlike any you’ve driven in this state or ever—but you press buttons in the correct sequence, proceed to be photographed, gaze straight, as directed, at the butterfly icon
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