This is the week the heart starts
beating. Little bird, little lizard,
little princess pea. Small round
stairway of spine. Small cleft
body. Small ache in my belly.
Everything moves over--
my insides rearrange. The heart
starts beating. My insides rearrange.
Brittney Corrigan’s poems have appeared in Hip Mama, The Texas Observer, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Borderlands, The Blue Mesa Review, Oregon Review, Manzanita Quarterly, Stringtown, and Many Mountains Moving, among others. She is the poetry editor for the online literary journal Hyperlexia and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children, ages 4 and 8. To read more of Brittney’s work, visit her website.
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