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"A plump dungeon" by Elisabeth Blair


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Published September 1st, 2023

A plump dungeon

by Elisabeth Blair
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

breaks us over its knees
with its lightless smile,
mouth full of sores:
the overfilled basement ER.

7 weeks are over.
We're done (again)
thinking my uterus
will keep
her own sentences.

She writes on her walls,
then wipes them clean.

Elisabeth Blair is a poet and editor. Her publications include full-length collection because God loves the wasp (Unsolicited Press 2022), two chapbooks – We He She/It (Dancing Girl Press 2016), and without saying (Ethel Press 2020) – and poems in a variety of journals, including Harpur Palate, Feminist Studies, cream city review, and Juked. In 2022 she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete her second book, a poetry novel.

This poem is included in Poetry World #7, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Montreal Poetry Magazine:
Putting Things Aside for the Time Being
by Jacob Miller-Chapin

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