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Michael by Shanna Holako

You’re so beautiful
the contours of your back

the dimples of your cheeks

the space between your teeth

and at once i knew I wasM A G N I F I C E N T

the air flushed in << <<
from the


y o u a r e m y f a v o r i t e p a r t o f

b e i n g a l i v e .

i learned to hum to avoid the sound

i realized i like

following you around


let’s be honest, i’ve never been able to write about


my world cannot contain you

cannot compress you

cannot put you into words




be a gradual

ascent into what i’ve wanted

that stood just far enough out of my grasp

to make me stare

into the


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i’ve forgotten how this works  | it lost sense,
some sentiment
the parts are missing  |                  the words
lose meaning
the fragments  |                                         the form is ___

Shanna Holako is a third-year student in the English program at the University of California at Berkeley.
She can be reached at