Setting the Curve

Yes the outline of breast
the smooth of hip, round thigh, calf flexed
Yes the pregnant belly taut
and the perfect ass walking just so

But also the spider web of life
clouds puffing, shape-shifting the skies
eucalyptus leaf, ginkgo fan
the way your mouth upturns in a smile
when I whisper I love you

Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a Spanish/English-speaking SoCal poet and artist. She is the author of three chapbooks, the most recent being Watermarked (Sadie Girl Press), a handbound edition which intermixes her poetry and art. Disabled with scoliosis from a young age, her poems often focus on this perspective, giving heart to the antiseptic language of hospital intake forms. She was fortunate enough to study at UCSC, earning a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing, though as an artist she is community-taught. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Kelsey’s poetry can be found in Lummox Journal, East Jasmine Review, Short Poems Ain’t Got Nobody to Love, Storm Cycle, Cadence Collective, and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity.

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