About a Body

Emily Bowles

[I cannot say
what it             is                      about,
this disappearing act,
this refusal

I only know
it is not                                    about
a body:
it is perhaps
the you I tried to refuse,
the me I wanted to articulate,
line by line and limn, limb.]

You think
it is
a body—anybody, any body.

[do not want to know what I]

Emily Bowles

Emily Bowles

Emily Bowles's first chapbook--His Journal, My Stella--is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press this fall.  When she's not writing grants for a basic-needs serving agency, she'd wrangling unicorns, knitting mermaids, making chocolate, or practicing yoga.