Poem of the Week | August 22, 2016

This week, we are excited to present a new poem by Rachel Morgan. Morgan’s work is included in the anthology Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press 2016). Her work recently appears or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill, The Laurel Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, Barrow Street, and Hunger Mountain. She was a semi-finalist for 2016 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Currently she teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American Review.
Author’s note:

To live in a time when information is exponentially created and chronicled, and when autocomplete and algorithms predict (rightly or wrongly) what we’re searching for, can create an information desert, as search leads to search, to tangent. There’s information, but not necessarily answers, or even accurate questions at the end of research. The semester after our three-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I spent much time immersed in case histories, medical literature, and, most imprudently, on the internet. However, I emerged, understanding the fool’s errand of seeking answers where there are none. Instead, I wondered which is the parrot and which its mirror: people or the internet. Either way, enjoy the bright colors.


Auto: Regarding Oneself


how many carbs in a strawberry
how many teaspoons in a tablespoon
inches in a king’s foot at the foot of a bed
how many carbs in a glass of red wine
glasses of wine until drunk
how many more days
how many jesters to change a light bulb
how many heads of pin in a head of state
how long after diagnosis until
cure versus treatment versus chronic
at what age do symptoms appear
what is a syndrome compared to a condition
if a three-year-old eats 30 carbs in 20 minutes
what is the definition of light exercise
if a heart beats over 150 times a minute
what if my classmates don’t like me
what is the definition of a bully
how many days until
how many days until spring
how many days until spring equinox
how to make an egg stand on end
why is this called a fall and spring disease
how many people are diagnosed a day
what are my chances
what are my children’s chances
what are my children’s children’s children called
did crick really say he’d discovered the secret of life
what is a peptide and what bonds them
which bond is the strongest