Kathryn Nuernberger

    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Someone used to love me. Someone
    used to see me.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    When I was a mother I sometimes told my daughter who loves sea creatures little stories before bed and they always began, “When I was a girl and lived in the ocean . . .”
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    When I was a wife and a mother and a responsible member of the electorate and was remembering but not telling how I was once a zombie-mermaid girl,
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    if 1 in 5 of the women I pass on the street have been raped, how many in 5 of the men I pass on the street have raped
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    and I thought, he’ll tell me the air is full of words that are ideas for lies.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    now I know I hate that face. It’s the most perfectly wrong face and I want to break the barnacle of it.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    A Man called me a man-hater once. I didn’t hate men before, but I did after.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Before, a man made me dolorous, now A Man is invigorating. Thanks, I thank you for this.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    and what

    you didn’t learn in health class is everything
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    Remembering makes

    my chest hurt with flapping and repeating

    geometry.
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