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Full in the fat wallow of me,
Even to the marrow—
Blood plumping along in a red swell
Blushing my most unabashed
Skinpatches: nosetip, earlobe, wristshallow. O
Is a crush of too-muchness,
A malady of my baffled self awash.
Finally the days, will I find
My bones I lost, will my sharps and edges
Hedge this fleshy
Habit I’ve made of excess?
Already my heartracing startles
Twitches, my dinner hiccups
Another’s diaphragm. Already and almost
I swear I feel
The protein creep of me, cell
By splitting cell, into another’s life.
Sorrows not for the heart-close one
I’ll lose from me at my delivery
But for my own
Soul overboiling, unbound, bound
To a stranger’s groans, undone by his hurts
To the third and fourth
Generations. What I’m birthing is my own
Never again mere. Never again my own.
|April 25, 2015||By the Stream||Paul Laurence Dunbar|
|April 24, 2015||Trans-||Rita Dove|
|April 23, 2015||The Shoots||Shane McCrae|
|April 22, 2015||Doha Thing Long Thought and Kind||Alice Fulton|
|April 21, 2015||Grief Work||Natalie Diaz|
|April 20, 2015||Ode to Love||Jennifer Militello|
|April 19, 2015||He Made This Screen||Marianne Moore|
|April 18, 2015||After the Winter||Claude McKay|
|April 17, 2015||Birds of Texas||Matthew Zapruder|
|April 16, 2015||Maelstrom: One Drop Makes the Whole World Kin||Anne Waldman|