Sep/Oct 2018 • Vol. XL No. 5 Poetry |

Ab Hinc

I am misshapen bottom and bouncing bosom, flat-footed, plump thighs, and long torso stretched over plain of organs. I am raspy-voiced rumbling words like synecdotal, can taste ruin in a gait and tell you the merits of double entendr-ing a line break. I’ll continue to talk white and act right as I describe the exquisite pecan-color of my areola and that semicolons are Italian constructions, how I learned that through poems. I’ll teach you to pause for double consonants— ottantotto, piuttosto—how to breathe your way through sun salutation, all while being a mistress in all my incarnations, prepared to rule the world —pen sonnets, bear babies— in an A-line frock and crotchless panties.

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Chet’la Sebree is the author of Mistress, forthcoming from New Issues Press in fall 2019. She was the 2014–16 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry and has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Richard H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and Gulf Coast, among other journals.

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