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Day 4: The Baby Inside My Baby by Nomi Stone

Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language. 

The Baby Inside My Baby

by Nomi Stone

My love carries my dream in her body.
And so I grieve, wanting to plant
my dream inside my own skin. But
when she bleeds, when we think it’s gone
and then it lives, I at last understand
that our child, little parcel of berries
in my wife’s belly, doubles on earth
the face I love more than my own.
So the other child, the one I might
have carried, shoots back into the stars
and we laugh and cry, a new world
between us ripening. And then, my life
is a fox: a shock of color in the garden,
it is happy, it is happy how it loves
the earth—

The poet thanks Elaine Scarry for inspiration.

Copyright © 2022 by Nomi Stone. Originally published on The Rumpus, 2022.

About the Author

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Poet and anthropologist Nomi Stone is the author of three books, most recently the poetry collection Kill Class (Tupelo, 2019), finalist for the Julie Suk Award, and the ethnography Pinelandia: An Anthropology and Field Poetics of War and Empire, finalist for the Atelier award (University of California Press, 2022). Her poems recently appear in The Atlantic, POETRY Magazine, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, and elsewhere. A section from her third collection of poetry in progress, You Could Build a World This Way, was recently a finalist for the Bull City Press’s Chapbook Prize, and a semi-finalist for the Tomaz Salamun Prize and the Chad Walsh Chapbook Prize. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia, an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas.


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Queer Poem a Day

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for this second year of our series is the first movement, Schéhérazade, from Masques, Op. 34, by Karol Szymanowski, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by generous donations from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library and the Deerfield Fine Arts Commission.

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