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by Colleen Reynolds


Found my handwriting the other day

in a wrinkled scan of Joyce Mansour’s

“The Cancer”—

a stain I don’t remember leaving

between “cancer” and

“dust in my mouth”

                The tragedy of desire:

                when you see your mother look at your father,

                and you see a woman loving a man

                loving the air at the ends of his fingertips


                and yours learn

                to grow callouses.

The cursive grew small and

staggered at the end,

as if to hyperventilate

a warning I missed from my hand

to the corner of the page—

prepare for impact.

Colleen Reynolds is an emerging poet and a graduate from Boston College, where she studied English and Sociology. She was a finalist for the 2017 Princemere Poetry Prize. She lives and works in New York City.


August 2018

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