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Just start by looking inside the paper bag

Just start by

looking inside

the paper bag

sent to me in

a living room that smells of pee

and rancid air a fantastic grief

like touch hunger a sensation so large

and so impossible

that this winter

there’s barely a bougainvillea

in bloom

barely a sliver

of moon

barely any light

barely a bird


This winter he has this thing

he won’t walk

into the house

because he thinks it wants to kill him

it’s a course in

knowing our

unknowing when all of this

is over will we

find the basement empty

will we sing ourselves

out of the rooms

we've lived in

during this

claustrophobic year

so far from north

and the little house

I once thought

would be mine

so far I am

getting smaller

so my friend

suggests an exorcism

from beauty

a dispossession

against the long sigh

I'm holding out

for something new

the fact is everyone

I love dances with

a child who dances


Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is the author of several books, including Our Weather O­ur Sea (Black Radish Books, 2019) and Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Belladonna* Germinal Texts, 2019). He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, as well as a Lambda Literary Award and National Poetry Series finalist. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in or is forthcoming from Poetry, Aufgabe, Fence, The Atlas Review, Black Clock, Mandorla, Versal, The Collagist, Posit, Vinyl, We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, Troubling the Line: Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other publications. He has recently relocated to Atlanta where he lives with his spouse and their new baby.

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