from Hyperglossia [he ceased . . .]

By Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969 Stacy Szymaszek
he ceased

to exist as          a boy

became          an appellation

filed away          embedded hairs of a chin

now hearsay of          hyperglossia

my eyes are dyed blue

my breast



                                                      plate protects

                                                      a spool   adversary’s nail was lodged

                                                      in my skull       these roots       won’t work

                                                      said the cook          changed the

                                                      valance          spooked form

                                                      of panther ran 

Stacy Szymaszek, “[he ceased . . .]” from Hyperglossia. Copyright © 2009 by Stacy Szymaszek. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009)

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Poet Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stacy Szymaszek is the author of the chapbooks Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (2008), from Hart Island (2009), and others. She also authored the book-length collections Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009).
 
Szymaszek’s work encompasses a variety of voices and personas, eros, and queer identity. Hyperglossia references ancient Egyptian healing and . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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