Christine Stewart-Nuñez
Art of the Body

Christine Stewart-Nuñez - Art of the Body

Contest - 2nd Place
Poet and essayist Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of Untrussed (forthcoming 2016 from the University of New Mexico Press), Snow,… Read more »
Heidi Czerwiec
Nervous Systems

Heidi Czerwiec - Nervous Systems

Contest - 1st Place
Heidi Czerwiec is a poet, essayist, translator, and critic who teaches at the University of North Dakota, where she is… Read more »
Raquel Fontanilla
Souvenir From Where You’ve Been

Raquel Fontanilla - Souvenir From Where You’ve Been

Contest - 3rd Place
Raquel Fontanilla is a freelance translator with a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Tokyo. A native of… Read more »

Art of the Body

Christine Stewart-Nuñez

—After Aquaform by Pauline Aitken

I see art in the body and the body in art
no matter where I look on this wall:
in canvases, in my son’s darting shadow.

Aquaform, with its nucleus at the heart,
membranes and organelles I’ll call
these shapes, and I’ll make this a window

to consider seizures, how they part
neurons and words, how they stall
my son’s learning. Mine feels shallow:

on a gallery walk, thoughts start.
I focus first, then fall
into paint, into cells, into sorrow.

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Into paint, into cells, into sorrow
I focus first, then fall.
On a gallery walk, my thoughts start—

my son’s learning. Mine feels shallow.
Neurons and words—how they stall
to consider seizures, how they part

these images and make this a window.
Membranes and organelles I’ll call
Aquaform, with its nucleus at the heart.

In canvases, in my son’s darting shadow,
no… Read more »