Lean Into It by Emily Hunerwadel

Lean Into It

I have this disease. It involves perching at parties like some dark owl and slowly shifting into a circling vulture. But I've cracked a couple things like bones against a cliff. For one, every body is a capsule— a collection of lighters, lucky pennies, and pocket lint. And two, there’s no way for me to reach into you and stretch into your fingertips like gloves. It's all in the synapsing— the way the fluid of your inner ear reflects the swishing of vodka in your stomach. Your evening is an arch, brought to you by the white round pill that carves you out in parabola. Still, still, still, there is no hearing. There is the outside world, and then the way your ear canals whisper into your mind. All but your voice— which is softest when you have the most to say.


Emily Hunerwadel is an MFA Poetry candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is southern-bred and yet somehow doesn't have an accent or an affinity to hot, humid weather. She has a Bachelor of Science in audio engineering and is probably currently somewhere fixing some electronic device.


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