selva oscura (anonymousblack) wrote,
selva oscura
anonymousblack

in the ocean, washing off my name from your throat


seven objects portrait, no. 3, december 31, 2020

infinity sign anniversary of my thyroidectomy. a lot of iowa here, too. marvin bell led my first undergraduate poetry workshop at uiowa in 1996. he passed earlier this month. INCARNATE collects his decades-in-the-making dead man series. marvin, you are remembered.

the backdrop is the olive green men's workshirt i was wearing in the hospital new year's day when they told me i couldn't go home yet (it also happens to be the shirt i wore home: it's heavy and soft and button-down, so i wouldn't need to pull it over my head). other objects are a copy of marvin bell's INCARNATE, neurodivergent icon 4:1 AGENCY - my first athame with a recently refinished handle, the ID bracelet from my thyroidectomy, the silver sanskrit ring i bought from a vendor at the student union my first semester at uiowa, a mason jar half filled with incense ash and a plastic monarch butterfly figurine.

blessings and healing to you in the new year.
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