notes on observing the body


Audrey Gidman






      tree   structure      the body


up and out      like a flapping      bird



                         wrists holding

the same

                                    bright twist

               as branches


spine as        stem as                            mountain—bent

              mounds              of stone


        no        clear

way           of    gleaning        the




       no concrete           in

the teeth               in          the knees









Audrey Gidman is a queer poet living on the Kennebec River in central Maine.  Her chapbook, body psalms, was the recipient of the 2018 Elyse Wolf Prize and is forthcoming from Slate Roof Press.  Her poems can be found in mutiny! magazine, Q/A Poetry, Confrontation, The Rush, Pinky Thinker Press and elsewhere.  She received her BFA from the University of Maine at Farmington. 



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