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Mary Ann Dimand


Tworzenie swiata (Create the World) by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

“Can you draw your journey?”
they asked her, and slid
her a marvel of paper
as if it were a commonplace.
Once she understood the pencil
she and it stretched out a land of richness,
made space for the teal’s feathers,
lingonberries jewelling low twigs,
the caribou’s guard hairs. Under
her hand, these tables spread
and spread, with feast
enough to sate a memory. Between
the hungry lands, where no one dwells,
she didn’t, either. Why draw
what you hurry through?
“No notion of distance,”
they scratched on their hard pads.


About the writer:
Mary Ann Dimand was born in Southern Illinois where Union North met Confederate South, and her work is shaped by kinships and conflicts: economics and theology, farming and feminism and history. Dimand holds an MA in economics from Carleton University, an MPhil from Yale University, and an MDiv from Iliff School of Theology. Some of her previous publication credits include: The History of Game Theory Volume I: From the Beginnings to 1945; The Foundations of Game Theory; and Women of Value: Feminist Essays on the History of Women in Economics, among others. Her work is published or forthcoming in A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Agave Magazine, Apricity Magazine, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Bitterzoet Magazine, The Borfski Press, The Broken Plate, Chapter House Journal, Euphony Journal, Faultline, FRiGG Magazine, From Sac, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Hungry Chimera, Isacoustic, The MacGuffin, Mantis, Misfit Magazine, Mount Hope Magazine, Nixes Mate Review, Oddville Press, Pennsylvania English, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Penumbra, Plainsongs, RAW Journal of the Arts, Scarlet Leaf Review, Slab, Sweet Tree Review, THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays, Tulane Review, Visitant Lit, and Wrath-Bearing Tree.

Image: Tworzenie swiata (Create the World) by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939). Oil on canvas. 45.2 x 66.9 inches. Between 1921 and 1922. Public domain.

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