I am not a very good animal. I talk too much.
—Khadijah Queen

the wound is a matter
of origin. let me rephrase:
i’m whittled down to
function. a final attempt
to be soft. scrubbed
down to the suture
& following tropes.
before was a
muscular greed. this
is a kind of
precision. silence is
not an answer, but grace—
grace is a way for objects to lie. sometimes i’m sorry & most familiar. sometimes i fold in the best


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