Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
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when you call to schedule a prenatal
visit and the receptionist asks
if this is your first rodeo

but you don't know
whether to count the little phantom
girl still galloping around
under your skin

so the seconds prance by
while the lady waits for what
should be a simple answer

and the swelling silence
makes you so sick to your stomach
that you can no longer bear
to stay on the line

Mia Herman is a writer and editor living in Queens, NY. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Barren Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, F(r)iction, and Third Coast, and her nonfiction work earned an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Tom Howard / John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University and serves as the Creative Nonfiction Editor for F(r)iction as well as the Outreach Director for Brink Literacy Project. When she’s not writing or editing, Mia is most likely a) curating road trip playlists, b) watching obscene amounts of reality TV, or c) setting her friends up on blind dates.

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