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Anastasia Jill

Ocular Manifestation

Untitled by Tanja Babic

ballerina laced in an illusion
of slit slot findings

/ she is failure but I am fan,
systemic applause – in the
mucous remains of her dance.

her feet are lore laced pin points
inside pocket maps

/ everywhere: the netherlands, french, sea of
depth, extra days in the country.

she follows other parts of my body
makes parks

/ I am backpacking down her spine,
into muscular valleys

I spell her in a photo print –
pink legs, landscape sarcoidosis

/ I watch her in fault;
she holds the dance
in her pockets of hip bone.


About the writer:
Anastasia Jill (Anna Keeler) is a queer poet and fiction writer living in the southern United States. She is a current editor for the Smaeralit Anthology. Her work has been published or is upcoming with, Lunch Ticket, FIVE:2:ONE, Ambit Magazine, apt, Into the Void Magazine, 2River, and more.

Image: Untitled by Tanja Babic. No medium specified. No size specified. By 2017. By permission.

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