Kayleb Rae Candrilli

When I transition will I lose my taste for the storm?

after Hernan Bas' a landscape to swallow you whole

The woman who reads
my palms only speaks

of my eyes. This isn't unexpected.
Last week a new cloud was born

into the world atlas. Asperitas
is the wave that rises before the end

of something that looks most
like the world. In wartime

boundaries bend like my body
before an admittance.

And I'll admit, I once prayed
to undulate but now I'd prefer

to shave or skim or scalpel or sail.
I want to be soft and what

is softer than the sky
before it breaks?

Kayleb Rae Candrilli is author of What Runs Over, forthcoming with YesYes Books and winner of the Pamet River Prize. They are published or forthcoming in BOAAT, Puerto del Sol, Booth, CutBank, Muzzle, The New Orleans Review, and others. They hold an MFA from the University of Alabama and now live in Philadelphia with their partner.

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