How Eve Got It

Tracie Morris

inspired by Michal Lemberger’s talk at ACA

on her short story collection, After Abel


In all the p-ix she’s fruitful

Posing, composed or ask-ance,

(Her gangsta lean-to.)


She’s grown or a girl, zaftig or

Straight, strategic tresses, placed.

Our left, her right, holds


Something as someone/thing

Looks, on her. He looks and he looks. It’s

snap-shut, charged air, sensibility.


Once, someone thought of this, brushed it (off).

Then everyone else. (She got pallor, pilloried despite

The story’s locale.) In the pout of belly


That is part of her gravity shift, there’s a whole

…there’s hole in the story. (You know how the joke goes.)

Where’s it from? Who gave Adam the right to get his?


No gestation from them two: the same as

The apes threw Kubrik’s projected bone.

Born into parthogenetics.


Herland speculated, in a way, sans anthro.

(He’s a he) she’s a she. They came

From a guy, a clouded guy. The snake saw(s) the tree, slips in.


Where’d they get that gap where the world burned?

It was a foretold story them leaving, there’s proof

In the eye of the mind of the stroker, the color.


The milk’s way in empty, indented cavity.

An out-ty, actually, into inner space —

Their own corpus. That they name now, that’s now


Their own. (All of us fit in there, so they say.)

Like dust, a Lenten aperture. A lintel on the hoist

Of hips that gathers residue of stars, starts, beyond the canopy.


Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked extensively as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. Tracie holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and American acting techniques at Michael Howard Studios. Tracie holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is a former CPCW Poetics fellow of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs, The Shakespeare Society and The Shakespeare Forum. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.