I have been trying to know about the body.
You swim one lap around the perimeter
of a pool. Your skin becomes
altered, turns green
like sickness, like the tropics
so magical. We stretch over each other
and scream, this is not what we had
in mind. In the dream, a man places a feather
behind my ear, whispers to me,
I am stationed at death’s door
like a welcome mat. I understand I am playing
catch-up. Your body crosses, and I straighten
it out. Your body pauses,
and I unleash the dogs. I write snow
on a window pane as the man assists
children near water. Whoever is the most
pure wins the prize, however heavy
on his body.
Sarah León is from Arizona. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Salt Hill Journal, Poetry Northwest, Public Pool, and Forklift, Ohio, among others. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Kate Greene holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. During her graduate studies at Yale, she worked as a Museum Educator at the Yale University Art Gallery and went on to serve as Assistant Curator of Public Education. She has been a guest critic and lecturer at various institutions such as Bard College, Wesleyan University, Amherst College, Drew University, Lesley University College of Art and Design, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at galleries, museums, and festivals both nationally and internationally. ROMAN NVMERALS published a limited edition book of her series Pyrotechnics in the fall of 2016. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.