Bio Note: : I am a writer and teacher who currently serves on the Alaska Writers Guild Board of Directors. In addition to Verse-Virtual, my work has recently been published in Juke Joint ("mono no aware," issue 14, jukejointmag.com) and Sparked (three poems, July 2021, sparkedlitmag.com). My illustrated collection of short fiction, The Birthday Picture: and Other Stories, is now available from Red Sweater Press. The following poem first appeared on episode 94 of the Rattlecast, accessible via YouTube and SoundCloud.
There is a slowness to every movement made in the wake of heartbreak, a spiraling ache that dulls the senses into believing the body is nothing more than a shell-less mantle, a soft, slick sack of sadness ripe for extermination. But study the self long enough, and survival appears within reach. Progress isn’t pretty, but the turns of tenderness carve a path.
©2021 Caitlin M. S. Buxbaum
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