The Space Occupied: A Poem by Alexis Bates & Logan February

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Space Occupied

 

I am unstable bones / cracking / into place. 

 

     Teeth sucking on the hip;

     I wonder where it will go

     after I eat it.

 

And organs / that abduct / the being. 

 

     Visualize mouths wide, 

     screaming. Always more demand 

     than acceptance.  

 

And body / suctioning / whole planets. 

 

    I feel my edges extend down 

    throats, pushing against

    the inside of skins. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Bates is a poet and writer that explores the intersection of body and womanhood in her work. You can read her words in Luna Luna Magazine, Five:2:One, Vagabond City Lit, and elsewhere. Her micro-chap is forthcoming from Ghost City Press.

 

Logan February is a happy-ish Nigerian owl who likes pizza & typewriters. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in(b)OINK, Wildness, Vagabond City, and more. His chapbooks,Painted Blue with Saltwater(Indolent Books) and How to Cook a Ghost (Glass Poetry Press) are forthcoming. Say hello on Instagram & Twitter@loganfebruary

 

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