Author photo by Susan Allen

Emari DiGiorgio's debut collection, The Things a Body Might Become, is forthcoming from Five Oaks Press in October 2017. She's the recipient of the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She's received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers' Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.

Emari DiGiorgio

When a Fetus Turns to Stone

Rock worn smooth by amniotic waves, tide of breath: this ectopic love affair. In the photo, it looks like a chick just hatched then shellacked in resin, drippy eyes, transparent skin, a plucked thing. Abdominal molar. Pestle to grind sorrow in the pelvic bowl. The heaviest brooch you’ve ever worn or carried in the purse of your body. How still it stays as you wash, toothbrush the smallest cracks where limbs attach. There’s no taking a raisin back to a grape. No way to chisel its legs loose, the neck long, to see what went wrong. Though you might crack it into many lozenge-size stones that jangle like coins in a pouch. Laid out like a puzzle, reassemble as your own Eiffel Tower or scramble a mosaic of motherhood/absence. Better yet, mill to a fine powder, one you sprinkle over casseroles to serve guests mourning the loss of their own, a way to share your grief. Or not. Keep it all to yourself. Snort the heart-shaped line, spell out its name, the one you've carried inside. This time the pain in your chest and shortness of breath will have a root cause, something to be explained, not this phantom ache.

Lost & Found is published by Glass Poetry Press as part of Glass: A Journal of Poetry. This project publishes work that was accepted by journals that ceased publication before the work was released.
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