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Call Me Dr. Frankenstein

by Meg Kearney

I hunted love with a hacksaw,
a threaded needle between
my teeth. Scavenger of blood
and resemblance, I slaughtered
my siblings for body parts,
vowing, We’ll never be orphans
Then I retreated
to a mother’s dirty work:
sawing, stitching, waiting
for lightning. My creation
was born to disappoint: she is so
unlovable. Now she’s on the lam
inside me—shrieking, slobbering,
smashing everything.


Meg Kearney is associate director of The National Book Foundation, headquartered in New York City. Her first collection of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, will be published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in September, 2001. Her poetry has also been published or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Doubletake, Black Warrior Review, Third Coast, Tar River Poetry, Passages North, Desperate Act, The Berkshire Review, and the anthologies Where Icarus Falls (Santa Barbara Review Publications, 1998) and Urban Nature (Milkweed Press, 2000). (2001)

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