Size / / /

Content warning:

for my grandmother

The oranges come in little red bags, like Christmas, like comfort, like a country, burning, like the bags a woman carries her country in, and in my brother’s hands is an orange, bursting, and in a soldier’s hands is a woman, opening, and the bags promise that the oranges are seedless, that they are soft, and clean, and dead, and all I can think of is how you told me that after the war, when the men were done with the women, they’d collect their bodies in fields of bags, bulging, ripening, ready—for what are bones if not seeds waiting to be planted, what are bodies if not secrets promised, what is war if not a waiting harvest—and O sweet mother, you watch me and my brother eat, you watch our soft untouched bodies, and we will grow strong, we will forget, and you will remain, remembering—before you, your husband is prostrate in prayer, his body ablaze, and he looks to you, a country in his eyes, his arms reaching, his hands two oranges—

Lydia Abedeen is a rising second-year MFA+MA poetry candidate at Northwestern’s Litowitz Graduate Creative Writing Program. Her scholarly research resides in studying power structures of cults and the depiction of monstrosity and femininity in literature. She is a 2021 Tin House Scholar and a 2021 Bucknell Summer Undergraduate Poetry Fellow, and her writing has been supported by the University of Iowa. She has been published in The Rumpus and is forthcoming in Poetry Online. You can follow her on Twitter @lydia_abedeen.
Current Issue
19 Feb 2024

That was Father—a storm in a drought, a comet in the night. Acting first, thinking later, carried on not by foresight, but on luck’s slippery feet. And so we were not as surprised as we should have been when, one warm night in our tenth year on the mountain, Father showed us the flying machine.
The first time I saw stone and Bone in ocean
This is it. This is the decision that keeps you up at night.
Wednesday: How to Navigate Our Universe by Mary Soon Lee 
Issue 12 Feb 2024
Issue 5 Feb 2024
Issue 29 Jan 2024
Issue 15 Jan 2024
Issue 8 Jan 2024
Issue 1 Jan 2024
Issue 18 Dec 2023
Issue 11 Dec 2023
Issue 4 Dec 2023
Issue 27 Nov 2023
Load More
%d bloggers like this: