important things are happening to you.
Dreams moist busy yielding curves pistons warmth falling awakened fluttering
bleached sweet salt, a flower with chemical petals, a strong clear blue smell.
Blue as energy, small and deep and perfectly square, quiet and still and healed
hard dangerous brittle crunchy animal curled rich scratchy octaves warning, shiny
deep frightening ache dropped down inside full vulnerable protected hefted
strapped tight stripe. Dreams curling feeling inside deeper sweet hurt.
A clean sweet smell you can’t believe comes from anything you made inside you
between fallings, one by one, spaced by the beat of hearts.
Step into the skin and disappear.
Like breathing. Like a machine. Holding on takes time grown into a new fragility.
High overhead, invisible from here, the wind is thin. The ground wants you back.
Your party is tonight, bright and quiet in a very soft yellow blanket. You kissed her hello
on her feet.
Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
Source: “Forever Overhead.” Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

XUXA RODRIGUEZ is a PhD student in art history at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work is influenced by Jenna Lynn Goldsmith, Lynn Hejinian, Diane Arbus, Scott Schuman, Dadaism, Surrealism, and Situationist International. She was born and raised in Miami, FL, but lives and writes in the Midwest for the moment.

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