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  • 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.

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ISSN
2326-4101
Print ISSN
0896-064X
Pages
p. 124
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-04
Open Access
No
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