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Deborah Paredez

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Deborah Paredez

Deborah Paredez is the author of This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002). She teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

by this poet


Rate your pain the physical
therapist instructs and I am trying
not to do what they say
women do lowballing the number
trying hard not to try so hard
to be the good patient scattered
assurances lining the aisles like
dead petals and me left
holding nothing but what’s been