The city has sex with Turtle Island
Turtle Island might not want to have sex with it
Will the city have sex with it anyway
The city did
How do you unrape Total Island
Total Island isn't a thing
It is when it's totaled
Totaled = still a thing
Just one you can't pay money for.
The city has sex through high-performance industrial screens.
Rotex Corp (across Crawford from the cemetery) makes them.
The screeners are used for separating minerals, gravel, grains and such.
All the machines feature the exclusive Gyratory Reciprocating Motion.
Gyratory Reciprocating Motion
is a way of separating us into categories.
Has a way of doing so.
The city folds along red lines
so it can fuck itself.
Author Bio: Catherine Wagner is author of Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012) and other books. Recent work appears in Chicago Review, Lana Turner and Journal of Poetics Research. She teaches at Miami University.