“One Function of the Line Is to Order, Another Is to Cut,” a Poem by Zefyr Lisowski

From the Collection “Girl Work”

March 20, 2024  By Zefyr Lisowski

One Function of the Line Is to Order, Another Is to Cut

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And a tree bends in hunger for both.
You don’t know how much I’ve wanted it,
How many times I’ve dreamt me open.
June. The blistering yolk of the highway.
July. A forest of bodies in marble and fieldstone.
Beloved, when your lips skip down my throat.
The puckers run and last for weeks.
A bough creaks. The line ends.
August. October. February.
We are different from most
women, my mother says, we endure.


Girl Work - Lisowski, Zefyr

Girl Work by Zefyr Lisowski is available via Noemi Press.

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Zefyr Lisowski
Zefyr Lisowski
Zefyr Lisowski is the author of two poetry collections, Blood Box (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and Girl Work (Noemi Press, 2024). Her essay collection about horror movies, exes, and love is forthcoming from Harper Perennial in Fall 2025. A 2023 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Nonfiction, and 2023 Queer|Art Fellow, she lives online at zeflisowski.com.

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