Summer 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 PoetryJune 11, 2023 |

my surgeon tells me (with some unfêigned lonêliness)

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Vi Khi Nao is the author of seven poetry collections and of the short story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture (University of Alabama Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest, and the novel Swimming with Dead Stars (University of Alabama Press, 2022). Her poetry collection The Old Philosopher (Nightboat Books, 2016) won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her book Suicide: The Autoimmune Disorder of the Psyche was published by 11:11 Press in spring 2023. Nao was the fall 2019 fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. Find her at www.vikhinao.com.

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