The woman with a tumor in her neck

By Wendy Videlock b. 1961 Wendy Videlock

has a moth in her palm,
a river on her tongue,
a scalpel in her boat,
a lump in her throat,
a gamble in her shoe,
a fire in her den,
a shadow in her flesh,
a flutter in her breast,
like everybody else.

Source: Poetry (May 2011).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

May 2011
 Wendy  Videlock

Biography

Wendy Videlock is the author of the chapbook What’s That Supposed to Mean (2010) and the full-length collections The Dark Gnu and Other Poems 7 (2013) and Nevertheless (2011). Known for poems that evoke myth, fairy tale, and the natural world, Videlock has also received praise for her deft command of meter. In an interview with the Colorado Poets Center, Videlock noted that, for her “the iamb is really just another of the many . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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