Photo of a razor in a person's hand casting a shadow on a pink background.

‘shaving’ by josie/jocelyn Deane

TW: references/allusions to self-harm

shaving

Only now— in the last
act of gender— I am grasping
your art: Schick for broad
strokes; Fusion, the fine
detail, appropriate
softness, almost on-
omatopoeia. The care
of matching direction
of cut to the weft
your face is threading; a Fate
quitting her job, saying the light
has gone out of it … How
easy it is to take your eye
off, to slice it to celebratory
ribbons, to tie around a may-
tree, wicker man burning
in the background of the frame.

Photo of a razor in a person's hand casting a shadow on a pink background.

About the author

josie/jocelyn Deane is a freelance writer/editor/translator. Their work has appeared in The Suburban Review, Rabbit journal, Australian Poetry Journal and Overland, among others. In 2021 they were one of the recipients of the Queensland Poetry Festival Ekphrasis award, the Ultimo Prize for poetry and the Harri Jones memorial prize. They are a genderqueer transfemme. They live on unceded Wurundjeri land.

Photo by Helen Barth on Unsplash.

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