Readings — From the January 2018 issue

Who is Venn

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By Alli Warren, from Little Hill, a chapbook that was published this month by the Elephants. Warren’s previous collection of poetry, I Love It Though, was published last year by Nightboat Books.

Depicted in this diagram is a baby contemplating
        an egg
It does not seem to me to be a human egg
But what do I
What have I ever known
Having never been inside my own body
Mutual exclusivity is an invention
She says confidently
It never occurred to me
Someone had to be the first to say it
I prefer the coextensive
I prefer languid feasts
Feting what is insightful and generous and kind
What’s the line?
“You should praise me”
Who said that?
I praise the sea

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