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Winter 2014: Poetry

To Inhabit the Body

She tells me that as soon as those protrusions
sprouted, she knew they didn’t belong.
They feel as alien, she says,
as the frilly pastel undies
her mother made her wear.

Grown, her body becomes her canvas.
She is sleeved-up with blue snakes coiling
her arms, their tongues darting out
underneath her chin.

She understands it is different for me,
that I don’t want a permanent
testament to anyone inked in my skin,
and that when my chest was renamed breasts,
I welcomed those modest orbs.

She tells me that no one will ever talk at her tits again.
We both agree that is a perk, and that jerks
ogling me is my burden for liking mine;

and she will awaken from surgery
relieved that underneath her bandages
her chest is flat like a door
that opens into a garden
where she finds herself inhabiting
the body she was meant to wear.

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        After the Ice Storm
 by Linda Strever

        Waiting for a Diagnosis by Linda Strever

        Anticipation by Penelope Scambly Schott

        How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend by Diane Averill

        Current Conditions by Carol Ellis

        For a Hot Shot by Susan DeFreitas

        Focal Distance by Jenna Thompson

        Bridge by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg

        Motherhood by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Nice Girl Regrets by Pattie Palmer Baker

        Lost Child Lullabye by Tiah Lindner Rephael

        To Inhabit the Body by Willa Schneberg

        Love Letter by Annie Lightheart


        Like Water and Stones by B.E. Scully

        Messages by Mary Mandeville

        Fear Jars by Jessica Zisa

        Pie by Susan Lehman

        Confinement by Valerie Wagner


        Where the Buffalo and Unicorn Once Roamed by Katie Todd

        Midwestern Dreamin' by Katie Todd

        Monday's Child by Sarah Fagan

        Sweet Tea by Sarah Fagan

        The Daydream by Kendall Madden

        Beatrice by Kendall Madden


        Chinese Mangos by Sophia Mautz

        The Bridge by Kate LeBlanc

        Ephemeral by Jillian Briglia

        The River by Sheila Panyam

        Compost by Sophia Mautz