Here, a clothesline, a slender horizontal pedestrian with a duty to dry, flapping its crooked teeth in the wind. Severe allergic reaction, a religion my skin succumbed to, worshipped as it swelled with its own saints: the body penned a book while I itched it. The book was titled, The Unbearable. Land perforated with theft, as flesh at wounding – this cleaved terrain, this tender edge of not yours.
Anna Veprinska is a poet and scholar. She has published the books Sew with Butterflies: poems (Steel Bananas, 2014) and Empathy in Contemporary Poetry after Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her poetry chapbook, Spirit-clenched, from which these poems are drawn, was published with Gap Riot Press in December 2020. She has had poems published or forthcoming in HA&L, The /tƐmz/ Review, Not Very Quiet, 8 Poems, Echolocation, and Labour of Love, among others. She holds an award-winning Ph.D. in English from York University and is a current SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.