How To Hear A Stutter, And: Stutterfied

By Adam Giannelli

Do not say spit it out.
I’m not chewing. I’m humming.

Do not interrupt.
Bask in palpitation.

Do not look away.
The eyes are eloquent.

Do not intercede.
Presumption tapers.

Do not laugh. Nothing
is more human than a tremble.

Do not mimic. The miming of frailty
is the mastering of frailty, and mastery is not frail.

Do not say stop and start again.
A sentence is serendipitous.

Do not interrupt.
I have my own walls already.

Do not say stop and start again.
A word is a stairwell.

Do not hang up.
Make silence your envoy.

Do not ask if I’ve forgotten my name.
A name is not an order. It is an invitation. Do not intercede. Here is my voice,
made of strain and spittle.

Listen. Here
is my voice, seismic.

Here is my nonvoice.

beneath disfluency
I say mosaic

beneath disorder
I say texture say my own species of sigh

beneath distortion
I say a gratuitous greenery

beneath impediment
I say a ghostly percussion a soft marginalia

beneath impurities
I say the body as minute hand as calendar

beneath impairment
I say stuttered

beneath delay
I say migratory say cloud shift

beneath deviation
I say filigree say the body as city lights as cinema

beneath deficiency
I say innocent

beneath abnormal
I say the air of elsewhere say bubbles and buoyant kernels beneath aberration
I say a single commotion say quartet

beneath abrasive
I say my own lunar surface

beneath prolongation
I say prelude say like standing under a marquee

beneath repetitions
I say erratic as freckles as rain against the window

beneath blocks
I say cliffhangers say steeped and slowly poured

beneath unable
I say here harnessing a space

beneath untreated
I say attention say the breadcrumbs between us

beneath unsung
I say here beside you say tendril

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