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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