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

Self-Portrait As Brother’s Mouth

So I am both me & man under stubble swollen in volume instead of rusted want. To have never known hunger or lack the dusk: these streets split open: safety: everything within a swallow’s reach. I am a cavern coaxed shut most days. How like me, my mother smiles. The way our lips lift to reflect the other’s. The only time I open wide: in a begging as she (whom I smile like) says, I don’t even know how to love you anymore. & I say, You have to. You have to keep trying. This is my sister.

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Sreshtha Sen is a poet from Delhi. They studied Literatures in English at Delhi University, and completed their MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and their PhD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Apogee, bitch media, Hyperallergic, Hyphen Magazine, The Margins, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Sen has previously worked at Poets & Writers, The Believer, and UNLV, and is currently an assistant professor in expository writing at NYU.

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