Poem of the Week: February 24th, 2014

Rachel Custer’s “You Are, Somehow, Not” is our poem of the week. Rachel Custer works as a therapist at a residential facility for children. More of her poetry can be found at confessor-rachel.blogspot.com as well as Volume 1, Issue 2 of burntdistrict.

By Rachel Custer

You are, somehow, not
your body

(s)lumbering thing the ground needs

but a constellated orbit
around the self

She was three people who denied
they were three people

felt like shale,
fine-grained and fractured

particulate (brain) matter
(it didn’t matter –

nothing was so bad as all that)

felt toxic and thorned, like yellow starthistle

all fluttering filament
and hyaline spine


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