In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

  • Emarginate (adj.)
  • Liza Flum (bio)

The leaf in the margin        of the dictionary is a child'sshaky outline of a leaf,

        with a notch at its tip.I close the book. And now I can't think        of one other thing in the world

that's emarginate. And when I ask my glow screen        it smoothly unscrolls meaning: wings,and photographs of a feather

        with jagged edges, then an eagle in air:"Like a boat that floats?" "No," my friend types,        "It's more like how spread fingers pull

water as you swim forward": a fish's fin        has a notched fan: and now I'm learningsuch a jewel-box of shapes: thank you,

        fish-loving indexers of the world:pointed, forked, double-emarginate,        truncate, lunate: these fins are drawn

like cycling moons: different-sized scoops        of emptiness that propel bodies on:(v.) to take the edge off, to remove

        the margin, as, in the glow we seemargins gone: ourselves pinned down        to our coordinates: and missiles have such

smooth surfaces: may their flight be slowed        by the friction of anything: fish or leaf or bird:by these notches that count, with a blade

        what's ours: a day, and a day, and another day. [End Page 124]

Liza Flum

Liza Flum grew up in California. She holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell, and her poems appear in journals including Narrative, The Southeast Review, Lambda Literary, H_NGM_N, The Collagist, and PRISM international. Her work has recently been supported by fellowships from the Saltonstall Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Yiddish Book Center. She is currently a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah, and she works as a poetry editor for Omnidawn.



Additional Information

Print ISSN
p. 124
Launched on MUSE
Open Access
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.