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Michelle Ravit

Michelle Ravit doesn’t usually eat breakfast, but when she does it’s bound to be dessert from the night before. She enjoys sitting, laugh-crying, and singing showtunes (sometimes on key!). One day, she’d like to be able sit, laugh-cry, sing, and eat dessert in order to make a living.

Geometry

Scalene triangles brain-scraping
through cascading sine waves
“parallelogram,”
you call me.

And
congruent lines that roam—
wide-open—
perpendicular fences
but

my rhombus—always
leaning forward—always
moving toward or away from
intersecting angles

diagonal lines running
tangent to each other
tangent to your mother
tangent to my horizontal symmetry.

Mrs. Brady

Loosely drawn
projected sketch
flora |stop| fauna
an ear
a knuckle
a breast
a
fluidly upturned hand
conducting wildly
[fabled, tone-deaf, steady]
But left unfinished
diminished
discordant
feather flapping still—mid-air

[pencil doesn’t need to be erased in order to fade]

cancel your plans but
turn off the light.

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