ISACOUSTIC*

Amy Baskin is a poet whose work examines women’s autonomy, misogyny, objectification, power, femininity, and shaming. Work as such is currently featured in Bear Review, River Heron Review, and is forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain. Baskin is a 2019 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, a 2019 Oregon Literary Arts Fellow, and a 2019 Oregon Poetry Association prize winner. When not writing, Baskin matches international students at Lewis & Clark College with local residents to help them feel welcome and at home during their time in Oregon.

The below are taken from a collection in progress about Lilith, Adam’s first wife, who knew she was not his lesser.

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LILITH ON EVE

Sad little sister
betrothed bone
gristle bride
weak-hipped
overbred retriever
strained genetics
one rib
no coupling
no wonder
childbirth is painful
for you
you are a child.

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