my other body is a metaphor
my other body is a blade
my other body is a baby born talking, describes heaven
and the heat in your hair
my other body is the song Solomon forgot
of scorched earth and the taste of sweetness
my other body closes its eyes and traces the print
my other body has a flashlight heart on tiptoes
in the deep end of the house
where you are always young
my other body carries its chalice to the altar
my other body always knows what to steal and when to stop
my other body doesn’t burn all the way to the filter
my other body is where other bodies go to die
my other body is smoke on your tongue, stars getting soft
my other body is the breaker
May-Lan Tan is the author of the story collection Things to Make and Break (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award) and the chapbook Girly. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, The Atlas Review, Areté, and The Reader.
Kumo is music producer Francesco Azzone, born in Pisa in 1993. In 2014, in collaboration with Giorgio Tropiano a.k.a. Hedra, he founded Kaleidowave, a cross-genre collective of Italian artists innovating experimental sounds with a focus on ambient music, which constitutes the original background of both young producers.
‘Unmovable Mover’ is the first release in the series On Poetry from Arroyo Records. The poem was recorded live in Hackney Wick by Giulio Benetti, with Francesco Nerini, Giovanni Zaccardi, and Livia Franchini as executive producers. Photo by Livia Franchini.