Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 Luminous Gender VesselAugust 24, 2023 |

Transanything

TIDE What T wants my words to be: bristle sword fern, nettle stung tongue, sunk saguaro need/le, lists in texture, anything penetrating What T wants my chest to be: tide knife, surf push, wave lash, pink time tether between gender What T wants my paintings to be: matte black dusk, charcoal edge of world, neon five layers under What T wants my belly to be: hip shift, saunter, sauté, give way, stubborn estrogen committee of executives What T wants my voice to be: spit jowl, feral fang above whisper, long cedar tone — a reckoning, nocturnal claw cascade What T wants my body to be: woodpecker prophetic charge, that winter the wolf came, thorn procession of potential holy harm EBB Double knitted over E, or cloudfull eclipse. Only synonym with an unbeginning, or a phase in spectrums.  Declension, decline, degeneracy, degradation, devolution — gatherings of losses from a certain peak. Instead: the what that always was, cover the vacuum hose with one

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Ever Jones (they/them), is a queer/trans writer and artist, and the author of nightsong (Sundress Publications, 2020) and the forthcoming essay collection Transanything (Northwestern University Press, 2025).  Their work can be found in North American Review, Poetry, Terrain.org, and many other outlets. Visit everjones.com to see artwork in conversation with their essay, “Transanything.”

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TIDE What T wants my words to be: bristle sword fern, nettle stung tongue, sunk saguaro need/le, lists in texture, anything penetrating What T wants my chest to be: tide […]

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