The Naked, Walking

No one ever asked you
what sin feels like.

It travels to the ends of your hair,
like every other poem

you have written.

[Metafiction.]

You are the character
that walks
in the tide –

the sand
swallowing
your feet,

wishing

for the
strength of the

undercurrent.

You became
my favorite character.

You filled a basement
with cockroaches

and said
the moving floor

was only a figment
of imagination.

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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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