geometric dimensioning and tolerancing 

For E, while it’s new 


Your hands could graph this; it would be easy.
They cup my ribcage, my right hip,
    jaw, knees, elbows, wrist wrist. 
They hold the names of bones,
    ilium, ischium, 
and calculate diameters, metacarpal times a radius squared
plus other shapes elsewhere also, a particular triangle, the geometry
of exploration—
the vertices join outward and down, are the points labeled here
or here? 

What tessellations, what symmetry, 
    what axes from scapula to hyoid?
What relationships to be defined, correlative, asymptotic, 
    what planes, 
    what shifts,
    what sine waves? 
        What sleek interpolations? 

Line, datum, gracious cartographer, 
    palms pressed against my vertebrae,
    flush against matrices, 
flush against my palms. 

Jamie Lyon is an instructor of English composition and part-time tornado wrangler. She once shot a hippo in her underwear, and she is still unclear as to why the hippo was wearing her underthings. She believes that water tastes better if you drink it from Mason jars. You should see her impression of a corkscrew.