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This Is What Happens When You Read Foucault Backwards

By Ann Pedone

what I meant to say was there is trouble
between my legs can you smell it
watch the tape again and you’ll see
all of the milk being sucked out of me
everything gone but the edges of the sky
open my mouth and I’ll tell you the first word
I learned spread my legs and you will see my
ancestors still clinging to my bones
pry me open and I’ll teach you that love
has never been anything but exodus


Ann Pedone graduated from Bard College with a degree in English Literature and has a Master’s Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from UC Berkeley. Ann is the author of the chapbooks The Bird Happened (Leave Books), perhaps there is a sky we don’t know: a re-imagining of sappho. (Cup and Dagger Press) as well as the forthcoming DREAM/WORK and Everywhere You Put Your Mouth (Halas Press.) Her work has recently appeared in multiple journals including Riggwelter, Big City Lit, Contemporary Verse 2, The Phare, West Trade Review, The Open Page Literary Journal, Slipstream, Rogue Agent, The French Literary Review, SAND, and The Shore.

Re-Reading Jacques Lacan’s Desire and Its Interpretation While on Vacation in Crete

By Ann Pedone

Imagine if the taut young skin of a word, say mari
gold deliverance or promiscuity, suddenly rubbed
up against the fleshy part of your inner thigh, the
soft concave of your belly, or that deep curve in
your neck. That spot he always says smells
like cyprus and almond and bone.

Have you ever tasted burnt honey. It’s unbearable.
Like a husband lost to the night. Or an owl in
a woman’s chest where the heart used to be.

Out of so few words he spread her legs. I’m going
to eat you. I’m going to eat all of the light out of you.

Makes you wonder, which is the more fragile
mechanism, language or the body.


Ann Pedone graduated from Bard College with a degree in English Literature and has a Master’s Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from UC Berkeley. Ann is the author of the chapbooks The Bird Happened (Leave Books), perhaps there is a sky we don’t know: a re-imagining of sappho. (Cup and Dagger Press) as well as the forthcoming DREAM/WORK and Everywhere You Put Your Mouth (Halas Press.) Her work has recently appeared in multiple journals including Riggwelter, Big City Lit, Contemporary Verse 2, The Phare, West Trade Review, The Open Page Literary Journal, Slipstream, Rogue Agent, The French Literary Review, SAND, and The Shore.