A Girl’s Name
Bend—baffle the wings into shapes unclean. Marry the animals that do not caw; falcon. Perhaps eagle.
Kitchen table now. A man has your feathers for breakfast. Heirloom the estranged inching up of
thighs. Turn uncles to fruit juice. A knifed citrus lies in the sink and I will play possum licking rind to
rim. Offer seconds and or thirds. He only feeds you after he says he’s sorry. There is no slur like the
overripe. Pitted. Queer. Remove context and this can be about your stupid boyfriend. Remove
context and this body sings female. Remove Remove. I’ll They until I vomit in virgo. I’ll worm into
apples. I’ll bury my zodiac.
Mitchell Angelo is a junior Creative Writing major at SUNY Purchase, with a focus in poetry and a minor in Theatre & Performance. His work covers topics like gender, the environment, and anything pancake shaped.