Nov/Dec 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 6 Poetry |

Ariadne Plays the Physician

We must set this story straight. We must say there is another angle to this foreign particle lodged in my ribs like a small ivorytiger or a Chinese lamp, the oil coating my bones. Theseus, you know you didn't break me. I was the one who came to you with a magnifying glass, needing my Oxford credits for the University of Someone Wants Me:my gold-sealed social stigma. I made my own marks. & everyone should know it—I have an A+ in the humours of you. I wasan Edison bulb in a child's bedchamber, a Spanish fan flirting with fire, smoking as pity turned to shockat mediocre parties where conversations are weak with the ordinary. My outfit betrayed me—you wept right through my clinical gloveslike a little boy with a bad heart & a mean streak. I monitored your ailments, but my logicwas circular: What is man? What is man? What is this man doing here with me? No bright conclusion. I was bad at doctoring the truth.I was in it for myse

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Analicia Sotelo
Analicia Sotelo earned her MFA from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Boston Review, Iowa Review, Antioch Review, Forklift, Ohio, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, was selected by Rigoberto González for the 2016 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Analicia has received scholarships from Squaw Valley and Image Text Ithaca and is the 2016 Disquiet International Literary Prize winner in poetry.

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