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Self-Portrait as Yurico with Metallic Wings

by Bailey Cohen

At this point, everything I touch
becomes something sharper. Dirt is mostly iron

deposits. Buoyancy seems far too strange
for something worth reliance. That humans

float is no fault of their own. I have been rusting
rapidly. I have been necromancing my own

ghost. Reminder: failure does not equate
immortality. Reminder: even God is sometimes

frail and that His taste hangs off my tongue
like passionfruit even sometimes—surely, you understand

the implications of all this. There are certain things
I can only remember to myself. Despite my wings,

I dangle like a human. I love what is particularly
unremarkable. By this unit of measurement,

I have already accomplished most things.
I have swum in shallower bodies of water

than this one. What I desire, I must manifest.
I am the stillest lake. No earth can hold me.


Bailey Cohen is a queer Ecuadorian-American poet studying at NYU. The founder of Alegrarse, the Associate Editor for Frontier Poetry, and a Best of the Net nominee, his work appears in or is forthcoming from publications such as BoulevardRaleigh Review, [PANK]The Penn ReviewUp the Staircase QuarterlyBoiler Journal, and more. Bailey can be found across most social media platforms @BaileyC213. He loves everyone Latinx.  

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