Winter 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 Poetry |

World’s Oldest Spider Dies, Aged 43

The Kenyon Review · “World’s Oldest Spider Dies, Aged 43” by M.K. Foster —like, it’s not even fair to call her spinster, I should know.  When I think about her, I think about all the children  I will never carry. It’s not even six, the dogs not even  up, and I’ve stretched my hand between my legs to feel  what’s going on down there, what’s going wrong. Like,  I’m going to find a bear trap or a cliff. Like, I’ve been  the failed mousetrap from Tom and Jerry all along.  But I find only a soft pocket, an empty shell—  and it checks out. How could it not? Barren as in desert,  desert as in the hot hollow insides of a body in a hole  in the desert, body as in being the last of your kin,  the last of yourself. I press my palm to my flat belly  and watch the ivory coming-alive of dark windows,  morning like crowning. I wait for the ebbing light  to pierce

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M. K. Foster is a poet and Renaissance literature scholar from Birmingham, Alabama. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Best New Poets 2017 and 2019, and elsewhere. Additional notes and links can be found at www.marykatherinefoster.com.

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