The Structure of a Flower: Ovarypublished in Ottawa by above/ground press
That goddess was once a word,
and the word for that goddess
was girl. And she was not o-shaped,
not open or agape. She was swarming
or fissured. Indented as a way to speak
deeper than surfaces. As a huntress
she was wild-eyed and ravishing. No other
atom dare approach uninvited. Lest he be
gutted. She was not “girl-like,” not pink
and tied up with ribbons or rope. She was
volcanic, triumphant. Named woman. Named garden.
And the person who named her was herself.
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Andrea Rexilius is the author of Sister Urn (Sidebrow, Spring 2019), New Organism: Essais (Letter Machine, 2014), Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012), and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011). Her creative and critical writing is featured in the following anthologies: Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre, The Volta Book of Poets, Sixty Morning Talks: Serial Interviews with Contemporary Authors, and Letter Machine Book of Interviews. She is Co-Director, and Core Faculty in Poetry, for the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University. She also teaches in the Poetry Collective at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
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