• Another Way to Say Hello

    Emily Vizzo

    Fall 2017

    For breakfast I have filled
    a pan with coconut oil &
    trembling petunias, that tobacco
    cousin that I now season w/ the underside
    of nothing. The scent of night?
    Gone. You can’t mix petunias
    w/ petunias. It’s daytime now,
    birdsong clanging at the window
    & the ocean tripping over itself
    like a lime-green staircase.
    I’m handing you a word, it’s
    “circumference,” & you catch
    my drift immediately. Circumference
    hula-looping your lips. The private
    garden of your sternum bare.
    I want to say a different word, it’s
    “happy,” but I don’t because
    the omelet is fluffing, its pale
    pocked face wants flipping,
    & the banged shreds of what I once called
    ecstasy are obviously just
    petunia skins, cruising in the

    Emily Vizzo’s chapbook Giantess is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018, and her novel is represented by Frances Goldin Literary Agency in New York. She is based in California

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