The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: about:blank by Tracy Fuad

This selection, chosen by guest editor JJ Rowan, is from about:blank by Tracy Fuad, released by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2022.

Slowly, I Learned to Pronounce the Language in the Language

wen Ay kaym heer
wyth alunness

payn was thaer
yn tha pyth
the kluth

wayt untyl tumurruw
nuthyng hapend untyl 4 u’cluk
dun’t upen thys buks untyl Ay kum bak


in a room
in a garden
in a photo
in the water
in the mountains
in my mouth
between winter and spring
among the chairs
on a Friday afternoon
in summer
in 2010


ل َي 

I say to you:
يت دةل َيم

You say to me:
ئةوةم ثي بل َي 

Tracy Fuad is a 2023 NEA Fellow and the author of about:blankwinner of the 2020 Donald Hall Prize. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, POETRY Magazine, The Yale Review, and she is also the author of three chapbooks: PITH, DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD, and Body of Water 2. She lives with her family in Berlin, where she teaches poetry at the Berlin Writers’ Workshop.

JJ Rowan (they/them) is a queer nonbinary writer and dancer. Their poems, not-poems, and interactive performances have appeared in the tiny, Dream Pop Journal, 45th Parallel, and at the SMOL Fair and the Splinter Collective’s Interrupted by Trains, among others. Their most recent chapbook is a simple verb (Bloof Books). They are on the editorial team at just femme & dandyYou can sign up for their newsletter, actual motion, at their website.

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