A Man and A Woman Sleep on the Same Bed

by Shriram Sivaramakrishnan

a twin bed is enough to house the dreams of gazillion
battalions. what a battalion dreams i don’t know
but battalions across ages dream
similar deaths, which
is to say

we are not armies fending off the hopes of each other,
we are just two individuals minding our own
isomerism of sleep, which is not
to say that our dreams
are dissimilar

to those of a battalion but that we are battles that fight
in the longitudes of our bodies. i the man-
battle, you the battle i dabble with
in my dream. you turn
like the music

of a zinc-footed gazelle while i the cello that guards its
strings from the melody they can give rise to.
each of my dream a protrusion
in the plateau of my
sleep.

in the next room is my electric trimmer, plugged to a 3-
pin socket, a black whale built by Philips, its
saw-toothed humming grounded
by the eloquent flow of
230 V 50 Hz

sinusoidal current. switched on, it whirrs its baleen into
a bazooka, strumming the razor song of its
solitude the way i do in my dreams
where time grows short
like the pant

necking the heel bones protruding from the prologue of
my feet. my sleep is a race course for night-
mares, my body an un-stable for
their pillage. horses for dis-
courses works here.

Shriram Sivaramakrishnan recently completed his MA in Poetry from the UK. He is primarily a poet. His poems have appeared in Lemon Hound, Bird’s Thumb, Softblow, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Allegro, The Mondegreen among others. He tweets at @shriiram.

Artwork by: Emily Wiethorn

Emily Wiethorn (b.1991) is a photographic artist currently based in Lincoln, NE where she will graduate with her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is an Instructor of Record and holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. She received her BFA in Photography from Northern Kentucky University. She has most recently been awarded the 2017 SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging, was a Critical Mass finalist in 2017, a finalist for The Texas Photographic Society’s National Photography Award, and is a featured artist in the spring 2018 issue of PDNedu. Her work has been published online with Musee Magazine, Lenstratch, Loosen Art, among others. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in China and Italy. She works primarily in self-portraiture where she explores notions of feminine identity, societal constructs of femininity, and self-discovery.

Links
Website: www.emilywiethorn.com
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