Battery Acid by Dagne Forrest

Battery Acid By Dagne Forrest At dinner, my youngest begins to tell me what to do if someone has ingested battery acid. I set down my fork. Wait. Battery acid? It's as distracting to me as anything I've ever heard. So distracting, I almost miss his enthusiasm for all he learned about the PH scale in science class today. I find myself sharing how to neutralize an overdose with activated charcoal -- facts from his favourite aunt (who could tell him exactly how that works and feels) -- in detail he finds fascinating and surreal. It's not a mistake, we've always been open about the rogue states of mind that steal her from our lives at times. I just didn't think it would be like sharing an anecdote, now that I feel he's old enough to know precisely how the voices in her head tried to take her life this winter. Somehow he's ready. I see he knows. How she fought back by overdosing in front of her doctor. How they almost failed to save her.   Bio: Dagne Forrest's poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals in Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK. In 2021 she was one of 15 poets featured in Canada’s Poem in Your Pocket campaign. Learn more at