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by Kristin Camitta Zimet

‘The Ostrich’ by Marisa S White

if love is
dead and I
am saved alive

who am I 
was I who
will I be

a dream puts
me under and
I lie out

cold my shadow 
falls away in 
one two three

directions in the 
hard stare of  
a surgical lamp

body is stung
to sleep both
hidden and exposed

mind reaches for
a tray scalpel
clamp curette retractor          

surgeon washed in
a pure gown
figured with blood

probes the cavity
cell under cell
dissects the hurt

as if a botanist
marks a transect
crawls the ground

counts shoots
what lives here
here and here

three of me
cut selves who
beg the needle 

the silk suture 
the rejoiner come
slip mercy through

Kristin Camitta Zimet is a poet and a surreal photographer in the United States. Her poems are imagistic and her art is metaphorical. Her poetry can be found in her book ‘Take in My Arms the Dark’, and in journals and anthologies in seven countries.

Marisa S White is best known for seamlessly stitching multiple photographs together, weaving her own personal narrative through surrealistic and fantastical imagery. Marisa has received numerous accolades for her art, has exhibited across the US and in Europe, and is collected internationally. Her work was recently featured at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband of 10+ years, whom she fondly refers to as Captain Awesome, and their two fur babies.