Summer 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 PoetryJune 11, 2023 |

Summoning Huixtocihuatl at My Annual Physical

Do you eat enough salt? Dr. S. raises her eyes to meet mine — looks over my knobby knees & dark nipples under the gown — her chin still deep in her scribbles, in what I imagine a clipboard full of brazen loops & typography anatomy goddesses & orthographers might praise in ritual sacrifice. What Dr. S. doesn’t know: I lust for sodium chloride. I wake in the night with 0.4 percent of my body weight shimmying like that dancing bird of paradise on the Netflix documentary opening his mating ritual with a bow & spinning plume twirls — in this scene my body courting any conduit to douse in salt. Salt on my eggs [a given, you say], raw kohlrabi, in boiling water, on my pizza, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes [insert vegetable here _________], on my hot dogs [yes, I eat hot dogs; come on, don’t shame me], on ice cream [salted caramel, duh, but really all], tacos, pasta, tom kha soup, sushi, in my beer [& some on the napkin], on burgers

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Felicia Zamora is the author of six books of poetry, including Quotient (Tinderbox Editions, 2022); I Always Carry My Bones (University of Iowa Press, 2021), winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize and the 2022 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; Body of Render (Red Hen Press, 2020), Benjamin Saltman Award winner; and Of Form & Gather (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner. She has received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, and Tin House. She won the 2022 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review, the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and a 2022 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2022, Boston Review, The Georgia Review, Guernica, The Missouri Review, Orion, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, West Branch, and others. Zamora is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.

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