O, unwanted messenger.
Vagabond Hermes,
herald of flesh.
First fraction of the body
to awaken with the sun.

O, hubris
of blood’s architecture.
Tower of Babel,
believing itself
for any tongue.

O, thumb
& forefinger encircling
you, a strange wedding
band. The body’s
proposal.

How you present this
skin-dowry. Vein-oath.
Offer forth a face
-less suitor for this
temporary union.

How you would call this
gender—a veil. My flesh
—dance of illusions.
Wed this body as man
-wife. Cock-bride.

You name me Salome,
my skin ribbons
into silk. I will dance
down to bones
& ask for your head.

torrin a. greathouse

torrin a. greathouse

torrin a. greathouse (she/her or they/them) is a genderqueer trans woman & cripple-punk from Southern California. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Black Napkin Press. Their work is published/forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry, The Offing, BOAAT, Apogee, Tinderbox, Frontier, Lunch Ticket, Assaracus, & Glass: Journal of Poetry. She is a Best of Net, Best New Poets, & Pushcart Prize nominee, and the author of one chapbook, Therǝ is a Case That I Ɐm (Damaged Goods Press, 2017). When they are not writing, their hobbies include pursuing a bachelors degree, awkwardly drinking coffee at parties, & trying to find some goddamn size 13 heels.
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