Sunday, July 30, 2006

Pecking Order


"A Harvard University study showed that up to two thirds of underweight 12-year-old girls considered themselves to be too fat. By 13, at least 50% of girls are significantly unhappy about their appearance. By 14, focused, specific dissatisfactions have intensified, particularly concerning hips and thighs. By 17, only 3 out of
10 girls have not been on a diet - up to 8 out of 10 will
be unhappy with what they see in the mirror."

taken from the Social Issues Research Center:
http://www.sirc.org/publik/mirror.html


Sunday, July 23, 2006

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bird Period



...people will say, "This is her bird period. She is flitting about. She has the heartbeat of a hummingbird, holds the fear of the ground rushing up. She has been trying to fly all her life."

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Cow Girl or Girl Cow


Sections 4 & 5 from my poem "The Five Course Meal" (1998)

4.
The great uncle complains
that his rack is not supple and pink--a taste
more vulnerable, closer to the kill.
“I like to see some blood,” he tells the group.
The rest cringe, chewing undecidedly, and then decidedly
face their fears:
tangled fish scales for my incontinence,
a swollen shank for my pneumonia as a kid,
severed ribs for the woman who would not marry me,
innards and entrails for my fear of heights,
matted feathers for my mastectomy.

5.

It happens every year: on barren oval platters
lie sickled bones, marble-balled
tallow, blue elastic veins,
scraps of skin encrusted. Holding
their hands to their stomachs,
they recount time lost in fear,
thinking,
you deserved it
you deserved it
you deserved it.