Self Affirmations

by Maggie Evans

You will never be a starling.
     (I will never be a starling)

You will never catch your breath.
     (I will never catch my breath)

No matter where the soul lives.
     (No matter where the soul lives)

Or torture.
     (Or torture)
Small mammals have small teeth.
     (Small mammals have small teeth)

You are still not a raccoon.
     (I am still
          not a raccoon)

Maggie Evans has an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Poetry and Poetics at the University of Oregon. She is also pursuing the disappearing tail of something she hopes you don’t have a name for.

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