Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 Luminous Gender VesselAugust 31, 2023 |

Dead Name

The Kenyon Review · "Dead Name" by Michael M. Weinstein nobody peeled the oranges but they open wings and carapace dance on the updrafts slacken on down their musk bright on fingers moist in the eyes you are childish you are so childish you think one dead boy replaces another and if you just held your breath you’d become one gleamy cold pearl you are deep in the municipal pool gathering nacre around that name grit, wound secreting a shine upon clasped in breakable lips will you respond when in a voice panicdrunk like a fire alarm in swoops your mom calling and calling you something wrong cracks the humectant summer sky in two will you make like a tree and rustle protestuous split down the middle cleave root from rings from branch from quavering tendril all corpseblossom and loam where a place marks a loss where the crated ora

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Michael M. Weinstein’s poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, The LARB Quarterly, Narrative Magazine, The Adroit Journal, Poets.org, and elsewhere. Prior to receiving his MFA at the University of Michigan, Weinstein earned a PhD in English Literature at Harvard and served as a Fulbright scholar in Siberia. He teaches at Earlham College, in Indiana.

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