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For the nymph to pass the Bechdel test by Lauren Suchenski

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For the nymph to pass the bechdel test
She must commit herself to memory

She must bow three times, wrangle up her spine
Resist the flowers with all her might

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Compute, compute, compute

For the nymph to pass the bechdel test,
she must stop talking to herself/
she must dress the sirens
dress the centaurs
dress the drapery
dress the dresses
press the tresses
pass the presses
past the past

She must will herself into the story
of her own making, and remake it/
retake it, re-populate it with the passing presence
our our present tense
She must make sense of it, desensitize herself to it,
sensationalize the rest of the nonsense
and ignore the fence she’s built between
her self
and her senses

Lauren Suchenski is a fragment sentence-dependent, ellipsis-loving writer who lives somewhere where the trees change color. Her poetry has recently appeared in Gambling the Aisle, Dark Matter Journal, Red Fez, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Black Elephant Literary Journal, Stoneboat Literary Magazine, The Soap Box, Centum Press, Unbroken Journal, and Five 2 One Magazine, among others. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her first collection of poems “Full of Ears and Eyes Am I” (Finishing Line Press) is due out later this year. You can find more of her poetry at @_laurel_hill on Instagram or @laurensuchenski on Twitter.

Lead image“Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older…” (via Flickr user xroper7)