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AUTOIMMUNE by Micaela Mascialino

when she hears the word she pictures a car crashing into a column     her spine she’s told other words invasion foreign attack now missiles are guided into finger joints the left elbow      a combat zone like an allergy to a part of yourself the doctor explains her knees are sneezing

when she hears the word
she pictures a car
crashing into a column     her spine

she’s told other words
invasion   foreign   attack
now missiles are guided
into finger joints
the left elbow     a combat zone

like an allergy
to part of yourself
the doctor explains
her knees are sneezing

where she sees a stub
of pale thumb
something in her sees
not-body
she’s a girl inside
of another girl

a whole rejecting
its wholeness

something extra her body
insists keeps swelling
to point out the exact places
here     right here
get rid of this

 

 

 

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About Micaela Mascialino

Micaela Mascialino
Micaela Mascialino holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in Barbaric Yawp, The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and The Anthology of New England Writers.