Sonja Johanson has recent work appearing in The Best American Poetry blog, BOAAT, Epiphany, and The Writer's Almanac. She is a contributing editor at Eastern Iowa Review, and the author of Impossible Dovetail (IDES, Silver Birch Press), all those ragged scars (Choose the Sword Press), and Trees in Our Dooryards (Red Bird Chapbooks). Sonja divides her time between work in Massachusetts and her home in the mountains of western Maine.

Sonja Johanson

Pigeon, Birth

milk is only modified sweat hunched forward heat streams down my breasts gathers at my nipples drips hips open — fire a faraway voice: breathe breathe into the intensity choose not to experience this as pain

I reflect often on respect for women's experiences and bodily autonomy; the need to do so does not seem to be diminishing over time, but I hold out hope.

Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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