Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 Poetry |

Circling a Nest

"The shapes of body parts are assumed to have some relation to their purpose" including the human egg—though bird eggs are not round (as in a child's drawing) which biologists attribute "to both the arduous passage the egg makes through the avian oviduct and the fact that oval eggs roll in a circle rather than a straight line and thus are less likely to fall out of a nest." Both my daughters had to be wrenched out— cesarean and forceps, respectively— which affected their shapes (yes really) and surely their temperaments. Who knows of my own emergence since my mother was blatantly circuitous. Quoted portions are from Natalie Angier's article "The Circular Logic of the Universe," New York Times, December 8, 2009.

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Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn’s tenth collection of poetry Foreign Bodies will be out in 2020. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York.

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