July/Aug 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 4 |

Body Electric

The Kenyon Review · "Body Electric" by Stacie Cassarino Before I was a mother, I would crawl along these crags, all spunk and grace, no qualm. But today, on the top of Buck Mountain, pregnant with twins, I don’t let myself yearn for the woman carrying my daughter with the tenderness of a woman who will eventually need me too. From the valley, anyone might look up to see family. Look how they’ve arrived to take in the view. And maybe I pretended, every part of me swelling and flushed and laboring to get there, each step tactical, a triumph. But this wasn’t a story I could live with. And when the thunderclouds came so quickly all I could think was how reckless I had been, putting the one life I’d made into another woman’s hands, while we rushed down the slope of shale and sludge, the path surging with rainwater, my daughter somewhere behind me, I ran and I ran counting the seconds between the flash and the sound to equal the distance it might take to get struck, know

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Stacie Cassarino is the author of the poetry collection Zero at the Bone (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2009), which received the Lambda Literary Award and the Audre Lorde Award, and a critical work, Culinary Poetics and Edible Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature (The Ohio State University Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont with her three daughters and teaches at Middlebury College.

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