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an animal to another recommended
The Story of the Eye¹.
s/he lingered, vacillating like
a pendulum from knowing eye
to mystery, while the recipient
consumed the commanded
pornography.

unconvincing the samaritan’s
eyed-promise of didactic mastery.
naturally, mentee denied mentor.
masturbated alone while the wise one
lived for his pupil's pulsing red
to gush unnaturally

 

 

¹Story by Georges Bataille



Stephanie Jean is the winner of BOMB’s Biennial Poetry Contest. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a member of the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Her poems have appeared in the Journal of Poetics Research, [PANK], and The Southampton Review.
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