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examine the cervical mucus    clear & slippery like raw    egg whites / creamy & thickdetermine if conceptionis possible this time

know the pussy is self-cleansing

place magnetic palmsat the mouth of a wombdraw a new life outwith ease

drip herb taxonomyfrom lips. plant seedsin hips. grow men

say,    chile, the average woman    can’t pick her own twat    out of a lineup(seesawing that country-lush smileover your secret)

the cold tile. a hand heldbetween thick legsstretched into a v. there,a mine of your body.& the blue lightof morning [End Page 526]

Joy Priest

JOY PRIEST, a native of Louisville, KY, has received grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Rutgers University-Newark, where she is a writing instructor and MFA candidate in poetry. Her work has been published in Pluck!, Drunken Boat, Muzzle, Blunderbuss, Vinyl, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014 and The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.



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