The radiation machine
didn’t hum. The lights in the room dimmed.
Rads went through my chest
without a word.
It took about a
every day all summer.
In the early universe it was light that formed
the dominant constituent, and ordinary matter played
only the role of a negligible contamination.
heal, Freud said.
I had another’s body
trying on a nylon dress at the mall,
the pounding heat outside
over as the cool cloth
the narrow column of me