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  • Your Other Heart By Natalie Shapero

    Mossy and thumping, bare of logic, red:
    why do they say your other head

    and not your other heart?

    The snack cakes of Smut Wonderland
    turn Alice smaller than her dress. She stirs,
    nude in the folds of so much baby blue.

    To think, they called this lesser art.

    I ate mostly orders then, and you—
    you were thinking with your other heart.

    I took in a dog the way some might take in
    a dress (I had become just skin).

    It coughed. I cried for it

    to stop, I fed it meat, its malady
    recurrent and untreatable. I had
    to give it up, like some bum body part

    whose incidental benefit

    the human form has out-evolved. Don't start.
    That dog: I called it Help, and I cried for it.