Dance is the creation of a memory through the mnemonic of rhythm, repetition. Music is maths: count, geometry of two bodies shaped to attract, repel, attract again. An index and middle finger make a vee-shape, tap twice. Costumes add a layer. A high ponytail, curled to bounce. She feels her pastel rainbow fringed dress still move when she stops. The tune, adapted to be heavy on drums and bass so vibrations can be felt. She was nervous about this: quick, quick, quick flick under a quiver of lights. The audience waves its applause. --- Emma Lee’s publications include “The Significance of a Dress” (Arachne, 2020) and "Ghosts in the Desert" (IDP, 2015). She co-edited “Over Land, Over Sea,” (Five Leaves, 2015), was Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib, reviews for magazines and blogs at https://emmalee1.wordpress.com.
Look at you groping soup, sodas, meat, dairy. How much you touch: cart & goods, key fob, credit card, pockets of your cargo pants. Brushing tops, collecting agents, lifting a loaf of bread or thumbing fruit. Might as well splash virus like a body spray as if trying to attract an attractive mate to bite your head off in the afterglow. --- Ace Boggess is author of six books of poetry, including Escape Envy (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2021), I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, and The Prisoners. His writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, and other journals. An ex-con, he lives in Charleston, West Virginia, where he writes and tries to stay out of trouble. His seventh collection, Tell Us How to Live, is forthcoming in 2024 from Fernwood Press.