The 2River View 22.2 (Winter 2018)

Kevin McLellan


A woman told me that her mother, while
under the heart surgery knife, came to,
heard the male doctors making fun of her
elderly body. 

C. was afraid she wouldn’t wake, asked
the boy what it was like. He said, It’s like
you die.  

After, in a violet haze, I felt the phantom
probe for days that followed—it just laid

Devices and Misogyny

A woman pounds the dough

with a rolling pin
in the back. She knows

how because she was once

dough. In the front
of the house another

woman, a customer, asks

a man waiting for a stool
at the counter if he’s waiting

for a stool. He orders eggs,

ignores her—and she looks
for another place to sit.

Kevin McLellan is the author of Ornitheology (The Word Works, forthcoming 2018), Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). website

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