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Maybe This is How We Discover the Origins of the World

based on Gustave Courbet’s painting L’origine du monde

Poet: Ann Pedone

in the opening and closing of this 

untamable flesh more 

poem than memory more 

memory than music 

a body suspended some

where between metaphor and 

lust between hunger and prayer 

this is sex mouthed as bird

song language that leads the 

body back to what fills it  

a woman spread out like this

can only reveal a history 

of rebirth consummation 

and pooled blood 

my only crime was to open 

my legs like this

my only crime was to 

show you this 

slow forming hole in my sky & all at once 

all at once

this is my first confession.

Ann Pedone graduated from Bard College and has a Master’s degree in Chinese from UC Berkeley. Ann is the author of the chapbook "The Bird Happened." Her work has appeared in Ornery Quarterly, Riggwelter, Main Street Rag, Poet head, and Cathexis Northwest, and The Wax Paper, among others.