Featured Writer: Poet Gail Goepfert’s “Renunciation”

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Featured Writer: Gail Goepfert


–for Frida Kahlo

“Frida Kahlo” by Saed de los Santos

So many days and nights she lay in bed—
brittle and soured. Placed on a pool table, left

for dead  after a streetcar hit the bus she rode.
Forced to lie in bed in body casts she embellished

with monkeys and tigers, hammers and sickles, a fetus,
cord of the umbilicus,—a skylight hole near her heart.

Constrained after miscarried babies, and before
each gurney rolled into the next surgery

and the next—no cure for a riven spine.
She would not be buried— recumbent,

rooted to coffin or earth. In death, ash.


About the writer:
Gail Goepfert is a poet and photographer and a teacher. She’s an associate editor at RHINO Poetry. Her books include A Mind on Pain, 2015 and Tapping Roots, 2018, and a third, Get Up Said the World, which will be released in early 2019 by Červená Barva Press.

Image: Frida Kahlo” by Saed de los Santos. Oil on wood. Unspecified size. By license.

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