from Hyperglossia [She wakes up. . .]

By Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969 Stacy Szymaszek
She wakes up in the afterlife in a fog. Unaware that she had an enemy, she was unprepared when the villain approached to deliver a fatal head injury. Part of her soul is stuck in her tomb, but as is common, it has a fake door where intercourse can occur, while another part of her soul begins a new adventure in form and in name. Always a reticent young woman, in premature death her speech-producing anatomy becomes irrepressible as she tries to render her circumstance comprehensible.

Stacy Szymaszek, “[She wakes up in the afterlife . . .]” from Hyperglossia. Copyright © 2009 by Stacy Szymaszek. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009)

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Poet Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Death, Relationships, Friends & Enemies, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

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Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stacy Szymaszek is the author of the chapbooks Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (2008), from Hart Island (2009), and others. She also authored the book-length collections Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009).
Szymaszek’s work encompasses a variety of voices and personas, eros, and queer identity. Hyperglossia references ancient Egyptian healing and . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Relationships, Friends & Enemies, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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