September 15, 2014      


Listen to a reading of “STOMACH MUSCULATURE IN ISLA VERDE” by Bindu Bansinath.

My ex-lover does backflips along the shores
of Isla Verde, he is a rotating vault

who sometimes does not use
his hands, so it is my camera-phone that flips

open to snap pictures of his abdomen, muscled,
liquored, loved. I took photos and he would tell me useless travel facts

I never planned to remember: Cuba’s best coffee
gets roasted in Miami, there are no gnats

in the El Yunque rainforest, but god the hot waterfalls; the bioluminescent bay
in Fajardo each day luminesces less, the creatures

so prone to atmospheric disturbances, among others. And then,
            other facts:  the first special effect in a film was the accident

of camera footage scrunched up; baby powder removes sand
from the skin, but leaves behind baby powder.

I photograph him in every stage of a backflip; I remember him
like some picture-book animation, the shapes of all muscles disappearing.

bindu-b-128-PRINTAbout the author:

Bindu Bansinath’s is a freshman at Columbia University. Her previous publications include PANK, the Smoke Long Quarterly, The Columbia Review, the Susquehanna Review, 2River View. She is forthcoming in CALYX.

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