American Mammal

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Who is there?

This is your Iranian plastic surgeon.

 

What have you done with my nose?

Stopped up the offending holes.

 

What have done with the holes?

Applied them to your eyes. Look how wide they are now!

 

Now all the clouds look like beefcakes.

The clouds were a veritable calendar of beefcakes to those who were paying attention.

 

What is inside this magnificent fruit cup?

The white swan song of Hollywood.

 

Can you still see my father in my cheekbones?

Yes, in certain dark alleys, definitely.

 

Can you still see my mother in my jawline?

N/A

 

How long will it take for love to find me?

An instant.

 

How long will love last?

About 18–24 months.

 

What else can your people do for me?

We can rub this cold lambchop against you all day long.

Debora Kuan is the author of Xing. She lives in Brooklyn.

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