Goldeye or Cichlid
silver and smooth and genderless, make me
as an alien, forget
the rules, name me
Corydoras of two halves, name me Coelacanth
name me Plecostromus
name me Trout
name me Catfish
let them imagine my genitals as smooth
tough skin, not think to touch them.
Say, let me introduce Pickerel.
Say, have you met my friend Haddock.
Say, this is my daughter Herring.
And I will breathe water in and through me,
swim flicking in the slip
Copyright © Leah MacLean-Evans. Winner of the 2018 National Broadsheet Contest from the League of Canadian Poets.
Leah MacLean-Evans is a writer in Ottawa. Her work has appeared in Canthius, Qwerty, untethered, ottawater, On Spec Magazine, and elsewhere. She was the 2017 fiction winner of the Blodwyn Memorial Prize and the 2018 winner of the League of Canadian Poets’ National Broadsheet contest. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and is the proofreader of Grain. Find her on Instagram & Twitter at @penanddragon.