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[the interior shadow]

by tracy danes


the interior shadow

extrudes itself / the

interior shadow turns

itself inside out / the

interior shadow dom-

inates the containing

body / the interior

shadow harbors no

ill will / the process

is an affirmation


the membrane tightens

a network of pliable knives

and forked lexicon


when they—unfortunate

protrusion of their

shadow—move between

rooms

unbeckoned

unfilamented

they are not one

with their body

they are not one

with their mind


as an entity whose

meaning is continually

obliterated

they stand in the

envelope / filter out

undesirable frequencies


unclench jaw

let slip the memory

: gilded contour

of the infinite stretch

of unmoments


the membrane tightens

knives flex neath dermis

abdicating nothing



tracy danes is a writer and/or spreadsheet whose interests lie along the faults of words like "abstract, speculative, queer, playful existentialism," and whose thoughts are always dissolving. Find them dreaming of a genderless utopia.

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