When Manuscripts Turn To Stones

I had received
five manuscripts
entitled

“Kaleidoscope”

when I decided
to buy one
and shatter

its body, cut
the lenses
in half –

your face still
moved and surrounded
the ribbons

of color, your eyes
blushed with red,
your mouth

tinted blue
as though
under water.

Your arms became
disconnected
as though

you were swimming.

You are a memory
of hair
and ribbon

and fingers

multiplied.

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About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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