“In this poem, I’m interested in discussing the inheritance of trauma as well as survival.”
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“If the poem surprises you as you write and rewrite it, it is carrying an emotional energy that will sustain it through the end.”
What things we thought we’d be
able to be, back when I took
his swarming half-cells into me
and swelled. Together, we thought.
Then I outgrew his waistline,
then I blew out my own skin,
and the human I held up for him
full of wordless wails and need
A prayer that could happen at night, and near
night, in a garden, near a garden, near a famous
garden where couples fall in love, make promises
Before the end of my parents’ marriage, I couldn’t stop reading. I read everything—junk mail, Sears catalogs, magazines and textbooks, canned food labels, cereal boxes, street signs, and billboards. If…
Holiday Reading Recommendations from the Kenyon Review!
Featuring Why We Chose It by Nonfiction Editor Geeta Kothari, a podcast with Junot Díaz, an essay by Alison Stine, and more!
Why We Chose It by KR Fellow Jaquira Díaz, KR Award to Colm Tóibín, KR Twitter hits 40,000 followers, and more!