Six poems by Aimee Herman: Part three

June 5, 2015

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It took you three thousand, two hundred, and eighty-five days to get here. You fell in love three and a half more times with six people. You lost a pregnancy; you lost three gloves. You gained weight, several new words and two college degrees. You cut your hair; you lost your hair; you bought some hair. You learned about mountain top removal and art deco. There were fourteen blackouts, one past due bill and an allergic reaction to shellfish. You took a bath. You learned how to knit. You purchased a mattress paid through installments. You almost fell from a fire escape due to your inability to curb your alcoholism. You became sober. You cooked the most delicious meal for yourself. You learned how to banter. You took one thousand and ninety-five naps. You grew an affection for hard-boiled eggs. You had a biopsy. You moved nine times. You acquired a primary care physician. You gained more weight. You fell in love for four-and-a-half hours. You purchased a pet. You lost your pet. You learned how to play a musical instrument; you lost seventeen friends. You traveled overseas; you took a road trip. You contemplated lipstick. You borrowed two succulents. You tried nattō. You had three affairs minus the six you never mention. You still bite your nails. You still collect stamps and phone numbers. You still forget to breathe sometimes. You still fall asleep hungry some nights. You still think of _____. You still do not know how to crochet or apologize correctly. You are still alone; you are constantly surrounded. You still desire stillness. You are still learning.

 

Aimee HermanAimee Herman is the author of two books of poetry, meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA) and to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books). Aimee has been published in various journals and anthologies including Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Bone Bouquet and cream city review. In addition to being a writer, Aimee is a professor at Bronx Community College and with Poetry Teachers NYC. For more words, go to: aimeeherman.wordpress.com.

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