Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Zoe to Alex

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Zoe to Alex

Article excerpt

Zane-like Zoe, a zed omega anomaly of a name-would've been

your given had you been born a boy. We liked the zing, like Zoe, like

Xavier but less precious with no initial X, You already know the X

where this is headed, the chest buried at the end of your map,

variable that lets you flex inside it. How to tell this--metamorphosis-

uncertain Ovid as I am? You've changed. You change. And yeah

that's adolescence but there's more than height-spurt and hormone-

spike in this translation you've rendered of yourself. You've kept Zoe's

rhythm-her fuss-free trochee-re-coined the name less quirky, more

queer. However little I've loved being stuck in the masculine, your

pronoun pins (they/them today, he/him tomorrow) would never

occur to me. I admire the genius of choice, affixing a democratic

neurodiversity to your lapel like a paisley pocket square but much

more radically fashion-forward. …

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