When the rat rests,
its brain

runs the maze again,
then runs it backwards,

and repeats.

This is early


“Poetry wants
to make things mean

more than they mean,”
says someone

as if we knew
how much things meant

and in what unit
of measure.


Some chords (crowds)
seem sad—

because uncertain?—

while others
appear quite resolved


Megan Milks is the author of Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body (Feminist Press, 2021), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender fiction, as well as Slug and Other Stories and Remember the Internet: Tori Amos Bootleg Webring.

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