Yusef Komunyakaa's I Apologize For The Eyes In My Head is one of my favorite collections. I selected it for this project and told one of the other writers I would let them borrow it. Unfortunately, I had previously let another writer borrow it and I don't remember whom. As it's $35 or more for it online, and well out of bookstores, I've subbed in the selection of "I Apologize For The Eyes In My Head" from his collection Neon Vernacular, which is also excellent.
After reading through the whole thing ad coming up with a few ideas, I decided to go back to the first one that struck me. The opening poem examines being introduced as a man. As I've recently written a couple of poems focused on my gender, I decided to take the idea somewhere slightly different.
Introduce me first as a mouth
a taker of air and
a geyser of noise
My hands enter next though they are really just
ambassadors of mouth
working also for brain
which should be in charge
I should be known first as brain
but listen to how mouth leads
before brain counts the ballots
I am known less for my speech bubbles and
more for my bubbles of speech
an oversudsed washing machine
in a trite sitcom
laughtracked and unfunny
No other part of my body can be seen
outside the shadow of my mouth
I have a cast iron masseter
I have a closed end tongue
An ongoing conversation between writers and the text that they're reading.