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how to ferment a poem by Pragya Bhagat

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Art by Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour

how to ferment a poem

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dip your tongue into cotton candy web

things will dissolve

let them

face the fan’s milky iris

objects might be closer than they appear

it’s better this way

press your face into his spine until

bone becomes marble

in your cheek, fit

your chin between vertebrae c4 and c5, dig

a tunnel with your jaw until

your mouth swishes with

marrow and brine, hum

your favorite song, examine

the bulbous clarity of words

in the hollow of his neck

this is the thrum

of the living


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