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Kristy Bowen

our lady of anemia

9 September 2006
Vol. 6, No. 3
poetry, prose poem

She begins with tiny spoons and screws. Swallows safety pins and penny nails by the dozen. Paperclips, thumbtacks, saltshaker tops. The doctors say it's dire, prescribe lithium and fresh air. Her mother cries and brings cake.


6 September 2006
Vol. 6, No. 3

Lets say a woman's heart

is like a windup bird.

The conservatory filled

with oranges and the cellar

disordered, unstable…

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