Month: May 2016

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Born Red

by Lisa Bird-Wilson

My mother laboured alone, segregated, shamed.

“You should have kept your legs closed,” said the nurse with the crooked smile. “Now be quiet. You’re not an animal, are you?”

Below her sternum I fought to stay put, not wanting to leave her, already sensing danger. When finally born on that starless night,

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Writing the Body

by Kilby Smith-McGregor

In a matter of days I’ll be publishing my first book—a poetry collection called Kids in Triage. That this first book turned out to be poetry and not prose is a surprise to me. That this first book takes the body as its subject; that this encounter with the body manifests in emergency,