Acrostic: Dolores

Bernadette Geyer


Dark fish wriggles free from the lake

Of her mother’s body, gasps in

Luminous air. White-gloved hands

Open to catch her, channel her to safety,

Rock her as the mother’s body turns on itself,

Eclamptic. Her name bestowed on her in a

Sigh. A yoke. A memento. A curse.


BernadetteGeyerHeadshotBernadette Geyer is the author of The Scabbard of Her Throat (The Word Works, 2013) and editor of My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology (Meerkat Press, 2015). Her poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Fourteen Hills, Oxford American, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Geyer works as a writer, editor, and translator in Berlin, Germany.





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