Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 Luminous Gender Vessel |

Blue or Green Poem

The Kenyon Review · "Blue or Green Poem" by Brook S, Corfman Blue, which appears only when enough water is gathered together. The day I first took half of the little blue pill, I saw the girl I was and the girl I’d never become, on either side of me, interested. The next day I changed my mind about the color, thought, it’s green, isn’t it. I’d assumed I’d wait for months, but when I called the doctor they made an appointment for the next day. Lapis turns back into azure as I realize that it’s not until a second appointment that I’ll receive a prescription. Supposedly my dreams will bloom, things will feel different to the touch. Indigo tells me I’m in a dream. I begin to realize I will not be able to discern the cause of certain changes, whether due to stress, illness, aging, or the little blue or green pill. At first I thought it could be about shapes, and at first, denim blue, it seems mostly true — shapes made of fabric and the shapes undernea

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S. Brook Corfman is the author of the poetry collections My Daily Actions, or The Meteorites (Fordham, 2020), one of The New York Times Best Poetry Books of 2020, finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award, and winner of the Fordham University Press POL Prize chosen by Cathy Park Hong; and Luxury, Blue Lace (Autumn House, 2019), chosen by Richard Siken for the Rising Writer Prize. Read more at @sbrookcorfman and sbrookcorfman.com.

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