Sep/Oct 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 5 The Hybrid Lyric |

[I like it when]

I like it whentouches me there, right above the forehead           with whose whole palm and moves whose hand along my skull until it rests below my neck           and sort of holds me there. And how we stay like that before it even starts right there in the stillness like the best part           of the movie when the lights go down and everyone sort of shakes together and relaxes.           I like to watch whose start to want things right before tells me what wants, how           wants it before sighs and says my name like a surprise           and starts to move whose hips. And how asks me how I do it, Oh God how            right there like that in the stillness sounds just like a girl            just like I sound when we come together then relax. I like     

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea Books, 2005); Apocalyptic Swing (Persea Books, 2009), a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and Rocket Fantastic (Persea Books, 2017), winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, Texas, the Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry from The Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation.  Calvocoressi’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals, including The Baffler, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker.

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