Spring 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2002 |

Figures

More apparent than a Hindoo goddess Blanche Dumas's body sprouted surplus leg, breasts, and genitalia though everyone really possesses supernumerary parts attempting synecdoche. Blanche could practice coitus in both openings, in both, realize arousal. Lucky girl— but what of the wife who did not know to spread both pairs of legs? who did not try to remain in the little apartment with area rugs and willow porcelain platters—what of the one, who in seeking her nerve endings, sought boy lovers who might place fingertips on her nipples, kiss her like they kiss girls? Why couldn't she stay in the bed when the husband turned from her limbs with their monstrous surplus need to draw endless affection that even numerous boys could not finally fulfill with their earnest suck— why couldn't she stay with her stunning need to consume before being eaten finally by that appetite called family? Myrtle Corbin from Texas, double-bodied from the waist down, gave

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Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn’s tenth collection of poetry Foreign Bodies will be out in 2020. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York.

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