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Jeanette Beebe

21 Nov Jeanette Beebe

MATERIAL PEARL

 

 

She

took the first dose
of estrogen under
her tongue,

and waited for it
to dissolve.

 

She

stood at the shelf
between two rooms,
a body

that surpasses itself,
the parts she

was born with,
a body that’s pliable,
but not

infinite, not too,
a body not.

 

She

stayed back, closed
her eyes, breathed in,
out, herself.

On the bed of her mouth
sat a pearl.

 

It was a thing for becoming.
It tasted so. It tasted sweet.

 

A weight. A place. A container.

 

She swallowed or yawned,
and the pearl was gone.

 

 

 

HOW TO COME OUT AND SHINE

 

 

We want the body to be
how we open the door.

Our magic. A red sign:
NO TRESSPASSING,

as if love could be had,
by an owner, or a core.

Our map marks where
we expect it to turn.

The ground is a tissue.
It absorbs. And light

is a thing we’ve made.
A wave — it passes

through. It’s what we
won’t look into.

 

 


 

Jeanette Beebe is a genderqueer poet and journalist based in New Jersey. She holds an A.B. in English with certificates in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing from Princeton. Twitter: @JeanetteBeebe. www.jeanettebeebe.com

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