“Star Light Star Bright” © Edward Michael Supranowicz


Rubik’s Cube

Solve me!
I’m queer .

A toy with six faces
             ( it’s the Gemini in me )
that rotates clockwise          I fear

When identity is jigsaw
             painfully psychosocial and
dangerously asexual

Everything falls out of place              (or so they say)

With something as simple as two men
             two women
one nobody

I’m entangled in a breast lump
Of society
interlocking plastic pieces
             called genitals      (of which I think I have none)

My pussy and heart in knots—
I am so easily pulled apart

A mechanism like me
             amusement device
for others to
             Solve . ( but there’s nothing to solve )

There is no sudoku result
             to puzzle pieces,
The Rubik’s cube                & me      ( are one in the same )

Comprised of
             expectations of sex ( to have it or not )
Sappho metaphors
             enigmatic paradoxes
Of gender,
color-coded maze

In essence,
             I am a game for speedcubers to figure out .

Even with a box-like anagram
of my existence
             perfectly mapped out

At 25,
             Still I remain

Unsolved .


Brianna Jo or ‘BJ’ holds her AA in Creative Writing and is pursuing her English BA from Baruch College in New York City. She seeks to make beautiful things dark and dark things beautiful. Her poetry, reviews, essays, and short stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lit, Asian American Voices Journal, AntiFragile Zine, Blue Moth Magazine and Haunted MTL’s Queer As Hell horror anthology. She won The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Writing in 2020.

Edward Michael Supranowicz has had artwork and poems published in the US and other countries. Both sides of his family worked in the coalmines and steel mills of Appalachia.