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:

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)

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.


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,
you deserved it
you deserved it
you deserved it.