Vanessa Couto Johnson
Stance

The cell divided can eventually stand.

Does anyone want a complete person
beside them. Can anyone accept

a magnitude. The exponent approaches

platform. Does a deadlift. Bench press.
Gavel gazing, up and down attention.

Some people are eating something as

others lick their teeth. Head first,
stomach later. Trust science more

than the scientist. The hands of people

sweat. Yes, as you travel up
my thigh there is more fat. Be

careful where the slouch comes

from. The origin plops when done,
ready for a new, still intimacy.

Vanessa Couto Johnson’s chapbook Life of Francis was the winner of Gambling the Aisle's 2014 Chapbook Contest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, decomP, The Destroyer, Word Riot, Qwerty, and elsewhere. She currently teaches at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA.