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Featured Writer: Bhavika Malik

Naturalizing Flesh - Poem


I circle you. corners

disjointed and


holding is

uneasy

pressed between my index and thumb

your resistance to be contained.


you were airless then

squashed like a bug

in my fingertips


and you blushed warmly

when I launched spitfires in your face.


finally,

night etched into my window

time was stillbirth caught


in my nails

I used to engrave cursives onto you

a l i e n


when you ask me,

“am I a part of you?”


I hold you like a crime between my thighs


my wrist

my waist

my weighing scale


and I welcome you to this land.



Bhavika Malik is a high school student from Salt Lake City. Her writing has appeared in Polyester Zine, Wear Your Voice, Kalopsia Lit, and more.



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