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Shapezoids by Anastacia Tolbert

Shapezoids
by Anastacia Tolbert 

what if people were shapes
squares, circles & especially triangles
angular pinnacles sounding off like thumped thimbles
inside an open space of pyramid & geometry
what if the equation were simple & you
were either/neither kite or cracker or apple or toast or bagel
& no one cared if you fit
snuggly inside a toaster & all the octagons
never stopped believing a mere trapezoid
could save you with the very silhouette of her exhale.

Anastacia Tolbert is a multifarious mix of grit, sunshine, alphabet juice & butterflies getting rooted in Japan. She is a writer of poetry, prose, plays, and journalism. She wrote, co-produced and co-directed GOTBREAST?, a documentary about women and body image. Tolbert is a Cave Canem Fellow, Hedgebrook Alumna, EDGE Professional Writers Alum, and VONA Alum. Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction has been published widely. More about her work can be found at www.anastaciatolbert.com

A Dozen Times by Anastacia Tolbert

A Dozen Times
by  Anastacia Tolbert      

brave egg
cracked a dozen times
& still—you say yes. spill yourself in the hungry skillet
your bright yellow fading
your fluid hardened
so that they will not know
your skin has been bruised
that you stood
holding yourself together
shaky inside your shell

 

Anastacia Tolbert is a multifarious mix of grit, sunshine, alphabet juice & butterflies getting rooted in Japan. She is a writer of poetry, prose, plays, and journalism. She wrote, co-produced and co-directed GOTBREAST?, a documentary about women and body image. Tolbert is a Cave Canem Fellow, Hedgebrook Alumna, EDGE Professional Writers Alum, and VONA Alum. Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction has been published widely. More about her work can be found at www.anastaciatolbert.com

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