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From: Colorado Review
Volume 41, Number 1, Spring 2014
pp. 122-123 | 10.1353/col.2014.0040

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flush against the sycamore

of blood type, increased risk

or immunity for specific diseases,

or the thousands of basic biochemical

ways I painted my nails gold

I said, who would be dunked

into that code of a polypeptide or an rna chain

like a pearl without eyes

like a son with blue eyes

pushing the soul through bicycle spokes

it spoke with a vibrato

that embarrassed me

a function in the organism [End Page 122]

orangutan nanny in the garage

my pleasure—a disappointment

a golden wig

myself singing to the butt crack of the sky

that denotes a part or fragment of something,

your child who I choose

to love like a dreadnought

a sailor with braids on his body

lonely for us both [End Page 123]

Sarah Gambito

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). She is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization serving Asian American poets.

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