Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the chapbook All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Public Pool, Rising Phoenix Review, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill Press, Haunted Waters Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos.

Previously in Glass: A Journal of Poetry: Honey

Poets Resist
Edited by Catherine Chambers
November 8, 2017

Courtney LeBlanc

This Body

This body is a war zone. This body is a grenade tossed inside the Senate building. This body pulled apart — a mouth taken as a souvenir, a hand pinned to a wall, splayed beneath glass like a butterfly, a vagina in a pocket for ease of use. This body a machine, programmed to make breakfast and babies. This body is a natural disaster, raging tsunamis and blazing forest fires. This body is a toy, played with then discarded. This body is a weapon, razor sharp and ready to cut. This body is.

I wrote this poem because women's reproductive rights, and women's bodies, are constantly under attack. As the right to reproductive rights is constantly being debated by men, I felt like my female body was becoming a war zone.

Poets Resist is published by Glass Poetry Press.
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