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Emily Mohn SlateEmily Mohn-Slate teaches writing and is the co-director of the Social Change Semester at Carnegie Mellon University. She also teaches creative writing at Chatham University. Her recent poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, DIALOGIST, Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She was runner-up for the 2014 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars (MFA), Boston University (MA), and Colgate University (BA). She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she has been part of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops at Carlow University since 2009, and is Co-Director of the Madwomen Mentorship Program.

 

 

 

As Much as a Letter

 

 

I bleed through the night what I think is his body, all his little parts forming. I want to talk to him, to ask him to stay, but maybe he’s already gone. I’m never one to ask someone to stay if he wants to go. It would be easier without him. For weeks, he’s been burrowing in my belly according to some code, no regard for me. I’m shedding clots with thick heads; they trail pink to black in water. Maybe I do want him. He’s in my black blood, curled in my bones—all these parts I can’t name, he feels. At the hospital, a nurse pushes me down bland hallways in a wheelchair. A robot follows us, a cart of supplies with no pusher. I don’t want to bet against him again; he’s there. They say he weighs as much as a letter.

 

 

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