unbordering bodies

(( ))

January and more north than ever
frigid wind a dangerous real
our vulnerable mouths our queer
permeability so soft and so flesh

(( ))
M asks for a favorite
word
where the world enters
too
many to single/signal
what means l::o::v::e
impossible to fish one
the sweetest on the tongue then
L names language as
another classist tool to alienate

true :: equally true

language ground then sharpened
in the mouth of (an)other(s) is
water’s expanse to liberation

(( ))
Seven days a cycle whole/holy
that long since touch
your flesh and mine and desire
permeable :: membrane through
which to speak :: a code that keeps us
(sometimes im-
possible to know which) a circle
to keep us in or
keep us out
or keep us safe

—TAMIKO BEYER

Tamiko Beyer is the author of We Come Elemental, winner of the 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award and forthcoming from Alice James Books, and bough breaks (Meritage Press).