Alex Lemon
The Righteous Man is an Advocate of All Creatures

Let us speak 
Not of how 
Much wickedness 

We have within 
Us, but how amazing 
It is that we don’t 
Commit more 

Celebrate it, sing—
Great shamalam! 

I have 
Had numerous out 

Of body experiences 
With Halloween
Masks & through their 
Crescented eyes, 

Learned that our 
Mouths are wonder 
Cabinets. Gooseneck 

Inferno! Ripple me & snort! 

Let’s spend our remaining 
Days pretending to 
Share a heart—we’ll be 

Conjoined sisters, 
Sweating through 
Our magical panties. 

How breathtaking, 
We are marvelous 
Brides of daylight. 
We taste it all.

Found In Volume 42, No. 03
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Alex Lemon
About the Author

Alex Lemon is the author of five books, including Mosquito (Tin House Books, 2006), Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions, 2008), Fancy Beasts (Milkweed Editions, 2010), and The Wish Book (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Happy: A Memoir (Scribner, 2010).