by Nicole Callihan
The subject’s body rotates
around a particular axis.
The first woman, noting
the fire beneath, says
something about the hills.
The second woman
has disappeared inside herself,
The third woman rejects the reality
of the subject, the body, the axis.
She searches, instead, for a bird.
The fourth woman screams
until her left lung collapses.
The fifth woman is an illusory after-effect.
I slip on my lab coat and stick my fingers
deep in the subject’s mouth.
Last updated November 23, 2022