Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Linguaglossia


I steep myself in sounds,
the way the mouth
moves to placement –
lingua dental, lingua alveolar.
I could prompt a three-year-old
to place a /t/ front and center,
to start or stop a word,
then place it in a sentence
to request or comment. 
But that is only the tongue tip
and can we point it up,
perform every alternating sequence
with speed and accuracy,
diadocho   please   kinesis
say buttercup five times,
at three speeds
and where’s the breakdown?
List some of twenty muscles
from their points of origin,
emotional mass stretching
from hyoid bone
to lick a stamp
or keep an ice cream cone
from dripping.  We know
form follows function
and develops proximal to distal.
The tongue is front and center,
ambassador of thought,
ambrosia of love nectar,
I lick, you lick, we search
the envelope of habitat,
this mobile precipice.



Mary Ellen Talley has had poems published recently in Bellowing Ark, poemmemoirstory, Penwood Review, Ballard  Street Poetry Journal, as well as forthcoming in Cascade and switched on gutenberg.  Mary Ellen works as a public school speech-language pathologist (SLP) in Seattle.


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