To Name Is to Own

To Name Is to Own Erika Brumett It is permissible to name things discovered by me, thus it shall be: the love or sweetness of Venus. anatomist matteo renaldo colombo (upon discovering the clitoris) But what of the days before brave Colombo, before he rambled o√ solo, wanderlusted over mounds soft as moss? Did Venus even see it, this genusless fish, spume-slick from the foam she rode in on? Button or pearl, nubbin or bean. Sudden anemone, bud of the sea. Goblin or nut, chickpea or seed—in Germany, it’s called kitzler, which translates to ‘‘tickler.’’ Yet cuter still, the Greek diminutive, keitys: a derivative of ‘‘miniature hill.’’ Slug or bulb, little chub or diddler. The clitoris exists in ostriches, it stretches eight inches, and kangaroos: they have two. Acorn or worm, grundle horn or twaddler—a half-nibbled plum, left in sun and brine wind. Munchlet or glan, hood-monk or scrunchling—a caboodle of nerves—8,000 receptors plumping. The organ may be, to many, quite foreign. Or something kept, a treacherous pet, approached with shameful watchfulness. Owned but ignored, possessed yet dismissed— what would Venus think of this? Maybe she’d rather not have washed up, bashful on a half-shell, opted instead to stay at sea. To cache http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

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Erika Brumett It is permissible to name things discovered by me, thus it shall be: the love or sweetness of Venus. anatomist matteo renaldo colombo (upon discovering the clitoris) But what of the days before brave Colombo, before he rambled o√ solo, wanderlusted over mounds soft as moss? Did Venus even see it, this genusless fish, spume-slick from the foam she rode in on? Button or pearl, nubbin or bean. Sudden anemone, bud of the sea. Goblin or nut, chickpea or seed—in Germany, it’s called kitzler, which translates to ‘‘tickler.’’ Yet cuter still, the Greek diminutive, keitys: a derivative of ‘‘miniature hill.’’ Slug or bulb, little chub or diddler. The clitoris exists in ostriches, it stretches eight inches, and kangaroos: they have two. Acorn or worm, grundle horn or twaddler—a half-nibbled plum, left in sun and brine wind. Munchlet or glan, hood-monk or scrunchling—a caboodle of nerves—8,000 receptors plumping. The organ may be, to many, quite foreign. Or something kept, a treacherous pet, approached with shameful watchfulness. Owned but ignored, possessed yet dismissed— what would Venus think of this? Maybe she’d rather not have washed up, bashful on a half-shell, opted instead to stay at sea. To cache

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