Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Partial Thyroidectomy

 

Whispers of a high school dance—cornfed body, salted all over,
watered-down veins, purpled against layers of crinoline.
In a year, everything will be white, the nurse said.

Seven have passed: looking at a red marriage in the space
between the neck and the chest that has no name.
Incidental finds from MRIs looking for lesions—
lost keys in the bottom of a drawer full of paper cuts and prom gloves.
No one looks at my knees anymore—stories of carpet, stories
of cement floors— instead, here is an entrance,

neck crested back, a way in. Counting down to waking up—lost time 
and the dream of watching careful hands: small
metal things resting in latex fields.
The caesarean of almost cancer.

We cut in the crook; soon, no one will notice.
But I am not done growing up. Touch here;
once you’ve been opened, your skin remembers and keeps reminding you in           ghosts.

 

 

If You Have a Stress Dream in Which Your Teeth Fall Out

Rather than spitting the bloody pearls into your palms, keep them in your mouth. Search for milk; fill a bathtub with it. Lean over the lip. Let your teeth drop in. And when your mouth is empty—gummy and pink— take off your clothes. Light a candle. Look at your lighter body in the mirror; keep your lips closed. Slink into the milk tub. Open your mouth. Pray aloud under-milk. 

 

Hannah Baggott received her MFA from Oregon State University and is the winner of Bellevue Literary Review’s 2015 Marcia and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry and the Joyce Carol Oates Commencement Award. She is a regular contributor with PDXX Collective, and her work can be found or forthcoming in Passages North, Ninth Letter, Hobart, [PANK], and through her website hannahbaggott.com. She is now a Lecturer of English at UNC Pembroke.


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