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Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in journals such as AGNI, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, and she is the recipient of two winter fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Nordgren is currently a doctoral candidate in poetry at the University of Cincinnati. 

 

October 2017

From Darwin's Mother

by Sarah Rose Nordgren

 

Mitochondrial Eve

Please go down and thank her
under the arched branches
where she sits on her heels

arranging a circle of leaves 
for a good bed. And on the inside
of her skin thank the mosaic.

Take what little she has and
give it back—one piece
and another, marked with plastic

tags. How high can she count
from your sieves submerged
in water sorting her shards

that lay a mosaic over the earth?
You know the entry when
you see it, in fact

you’d recognize her anywhere—
Reclining in pain on her bed 
under a mile of boulders

always with the door open.

© 2017, Sarah Rose Nordgren. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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