This Week’s Editors’ Choice, “Bitter Vision,” by Wendy Vergoz

Wendy Vergoz takes another look at childbirth and child-rearing, not always all it’s cracked up to be! We can relate.

Standing at the mirror, my son’s harsh
whine piercing, my daughter’s sharp wail jarring,
I brush my hair, silken, smooth.

I will myself: remember the downy circle
of crown first seen.
But gaping flesh births not just child.
The twisting, blue-black cord
wraps around my neck.
Neck snapped, still do brick-red nipples
offer—marble-cold, my body yields
warm milk.

Wendy VergozWendy Marie Vergoz is the recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, and a Service Engagement Grant from Indiana Campus Compact. She teaches writing at Marian University in Indianapolis and a writing workshop at the Unleavened Bread Cafe for women survivors of incarceration, domestic violence, and addiction. She is the editor of two books: The Unleavened Bread Cafe: Twenty Years of Living Water and Voices Unlocked: Soulful Stories from 30th and Central. Her full-length poetry manuscript, The Unbinding, is under consideration. Her poems are forthcoming in Mothers Always Write, and they have been published in Cleaver Magazine, Flying Island Journal, Ground, The Christian Century, Literary Mama, and Anglican Theological Review. They have appeared in exhibitions at the Harrison Center for the Arts, “Spirit and Place,” “Art of the Moving Image & Spoken Word,” “Wrestling with the Infinite,” and “Religion, Spirituality and the Arts.”


To read previous Editors’ Choices (and contest winners), please visit:
Artisan – Karen McAferty Morris
At The Scottish Gallery a Baobhan Sith Takes a Pass on a Local Vicar – Linda Kennedy
Untamed – Dianalee Velie
A Further Response from the Hornet’s Nest – Robert Okaji

2 thoughts on “This Week’s Editors’ Choice, “Bitter Vision,” by Wendy Vergoz

  1. You mentioned that you might want to publish my piece, Caught in a Snare. I am holding it for you, so let me know if you have decided to publish it.

    Gloria Nixon-John


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