Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 Poetry |

Oxytocin

A good way to change your name is to get a divorce. There was that one time she drew the dog’s shadow. There was that other time she melted the painting’s face off. A shark swam between my legs during freeze tag, and we had to free her until she caught the last-one- standing. She caught him by the torso. The only time I ever saw the two of them flirt, she asked him, What’s your favorite Day of the Dead memory. I don’t have one. What’s your favorite emoji. The one with the face. No, I mean, out of all of them. The one with the face.

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Duy Đoàn (pronounced zwē dwän / zwee dwahn) is the author of We Play a Game (Yale University Press, 2018), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. A Kundiman fellow, he received an MFA in poetry from Boston University. His second collection, Zombie Vomit Mad Libs, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November 2024.

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Oxytocin

By Duy Đoàn

A good way to change your name is to get a divorce. There was that one time she drew the dog’s shadow. There was that other time she melted the […]

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