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Issue 22: 4 Feb. 2024
Poem: 129 words
By Cynthia Anderson


Her eyes see, what’s left 
of her upper lip moves 
above permanently bared teeth, 
and her reconstructed nose 
still breathes—
she is indeed alive. 
Her sewn-up face is abstract, 
but still a kind of face. 
Minus a left arm, 
but she has a hook for that. 
She’s in the drugstore 
with her sister, 
and no one screams. 
They talk like any sisters. 
She buys a small jar of applesauce 
and a heating element—
takes out her money 
with hand and hook, 
refuses a bag—
“Save a tree,” smiles the clerk, 
and for a moment, 
this woman could be anyone, 
not the project of an ambitious surgeon, 
not a survivor brought back 
from the dead, crouched low 
in the passenger seat at the light, 
hoping no one will notice. 
Cynthia Anderson
Issue 22 (February 2024)

A California resident and poet for more than 40 years, Cynthia Anderson is the author of 12 books, most recently Arrival (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 2023). Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies, and she has received multiple nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Her recent work focuses on the natural world and her family history. She is co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens (Green Poet Press).

Author’s website: www.cynthiaandersonpoet.com

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