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For Jason

December 5th, 2022

Poem by Italo Ferrante

Photograph by Maya Heins

Belly acoustics is

my area of expertise.


I instruct lovers

to file me as



constantly floating,


shaped like a crow’s foot.

I like my coffee

black & complex.


Sugar makes my

desire ultralight.


Salt makes it dappled.

I ask you to absolve


& dissolve me.

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