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Miles Cayman


I think your name

is less like itself

is more like your middle name

and most like the way you've held

your pencil ever since you practiced

cursive, and the ridge of callus

precisely on your finger that it made.

Known more to the ring than the lover.

Known as in tell, tell not as say.

A little muteness rubs against

a thousand loopings of your name.


Miles Cayman studies Arabic literature at the University of Chicago. He reads poetry for The Adroit Journal, and you can read him in Subnivean and The Midwest Quarterly, among other publications.

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