Middle Life

Sara Michas-Martin

When I got up a deadbeetle where my back had beennot a tick, should I be gladmy blood untouchedthe body’s sliding boardI don’t understandmy tongue feeling large for my moutha loose bone floating in the footreceiving impactthis being subtle and not so subtlethis evolvingmy restless squirrelsmy own exposed waitingfor what?homocysteine: a word as pretty as gossamermeasure of inflammationI listen toa hammock filled with windand where all of it goesand in a cloaked waythere is a dark river that flowsthrough a town named Christmaswe jumped from the bridge100 times, teenagers thenbacklit and yelping.

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Sara Michas-Martin is the author of Gray Matter, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and nominated for a Colorado Book Award. Her essays and poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University. 

March/April 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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