The conductor’s body

The conductor’s body
by Millie Tullis

pulls sound out
from wet chambers

like god
like his arms are legs

like his head
at the crux

a strong black pit

has mastered
messy birth

this time he gives it to us

my small note on the program—
tries to say

something about

his arms
in air

carving out space
like a mother

Millie Tullis is a poet and writer living in northern Utah. In 2015 she won the Sandy River Review’s Undergraduate Poetry Prize and in 2016 she won the Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest. Most recently, her poems have been published in Noble / Gas Qtrly. She is a recent graduate of Utah State University and can be reached at

Gropper, William. (1920). The Conductor. [Ink and graphite on paper] New York, NY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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