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Poem of the Month – April 2022

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Karolina Zapal

My Future Daughter During Adolescence


My mother is crazy

She passes out copies of her favorite poetry
to us every morning with toast. She says

I am just like her
We both stick our noses in our books, hoping
no one important catches us
like we were colds

I cannot count how many times I have opened
a book and not finished it

I want to be held firmly by words
like an eyelash on my finger in the shower
I can’t blow off to make a wish

but I feel like a coward
cozy, caught on
boys’ words

I cannot count how many times
I have opened my heart
and finished it

From MER Vol. 19

Karolina Zapal is an itinerant poet, essayist, translator, and author of two books: Notes for Mid-Birth (Inside the Castle, 2019) and Polalka (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). Her work has appeared in The Seventh Wave, Mantis, Posit, Witness, and others. She has completed three artist residencies: Greywood Arts in Killeagh, Ireland; Brashnar Creative Project in Skopje, Macedonia; and Bridge Guard in Štúrovo, Slovakia. She works at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities.


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