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


You enter my eye as if willingly, a flesh-filled hologram, acids and enzymes teething on your figure’s edge. Satellite, illusory bird’s-eye view: circling, bright bite through the dark window, desiring a wholeness that fits inside the frame. Seduced by the looking, I stand uncomfortable and wet in the afterthought. To reach Magritte’s Le Séducteur, housed in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1936), I walk past the Memorial Building of the Daughters of the Confederacy (1957) and the statue Rumors of War by Kehinde Wiley (2019) and into the museum, where someone asks to take my umbrella because over all this it has rained. Translation 1  — determiner, particular, points forward — after the transcription point, from where it sprang (what is it?) — or if it is particular to a subject or engineered — (is it an error or an intention?) — such as a dam (of wood, concrete, or a missing synapse) — coated in saliva, some aspects absorbed into

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Madeleine Wattenberg is the author of I/O (University of Arkansas Press, 2021). Her poems also appear in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Salamander, The Rumpus, and DIAGRAM, among others. She holds a PhD in poetry from the University of Cincinnati and is an assistant professor of writing at Lakeland University.

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