First morning, thought: atmospheric. Unpredictable
uproar, external. Jackhammer roadwork—
too much caffeine? Thought fault line
. this quaking;
geologic, tumult; thought semi-trailer and traffic.
Thunder, galvanic.ˡ Waited, felt chemical.
l Our skin, a compromise worried over the table of evolution.
Copyright © Emilia Nielsen. Originally published in Body Work (Signature Editions, 2018).
Emilia Nielsen is the author of two collections of poetry; most recently, Body Work (Signature Editions, 2018), a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her first book of poetry, Surge Narrows (Leaf Press, 2013), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She is also the author of a scholarly text, Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives: Stories of Rage and Repair (University of Toronto Press, 2019). Dr. Nielsen is an Assistant Professor of Arts, Medicine and Healing in York University’s Department of Social Science, Health & Society Program.
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