Illustration: butterfly perched on fallen statue of Gen. Ozymandias

On Opening

your hands hang
in oracle, my mouth

the green consuming
the grass—say

the hard things, say
what needs to burst

& after the yes
the great stone burns

the park, the wasps
come flower-charmed,

will have what’s left
of my broken earth—

I love you, I need
to love others too

T. Dallas Saylor is a PhD student in poetry at Florida State University, and he holds an MFA from the University of Houston. His work often meditates on the body, especially gender and sexuality, against physical, spiritual, and digital landscapes. He currently lives in Tallahassee, FL.

Fallen Monument illustration by C.B. Auder.

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