Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Body Mourns, Limb by Limb, as I Recount Your Final Days, by Michael Schmeltzer

Michael Schmeltzer is the author of “Elegy/Elk River” and “Blood Song,”
his full-length poetry debut from Two Sylvias Press. A collaborative
nonfiction book, “A Single Throat Opens,” is forthcoming from Black
Lawrence Press. You can find Schmeltzer procrastinating on Twitter at

About the poem:

I spend a lot of time thinking about grief, its effect on our bodies. Grief has this way
of moving, morphing, traveling from one part of us to the next. One day our heart
aches, the next our head. One day we fast, the next we gorge. Grief feels very alive
to me, and if I can’t control it within me, at least I can control it a little on the page.

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