A Magnitude Which Is Like Itself Alone
My torso is short. I have wide
thighs; I’m not a large person.
Have a pear, I have no rolls.
My belly is just big; I look
pregnant with thick thighs.
I have an hourglass, a technical
term for the ornamental
circumlocutions we call figures
of speech. A bit of pear could use a little
help, one end of an analogy is
elsewhere, I’m not a fat woman.
There is, in my imagination, a striving for infinite progress.
I have had several abdominal surgeries and have no muscles that work in that area.
One gets mature and starts to sink
or melt; I hold my weight & when my
imagination reaches its maximum
it produces satisfaction & sinks
back into itself, big hips and ample
rear, I have “mother’s apron,” (belly
flap) after C-sections, I’m not saying
I’m large, I’m getting just a small
muffin. I look like a sack of cats
going down the river, there’s no
crack or shaping, just half
my body I can’t stand, looks
like you’re wearing a diaper,
the bra part does not lift half
my body, I can’t stand
after a C-section, it
stretched to fit my swollen
middle, there is a gap
in the crotch, it’s clear
you’re wearing something
highly shaping, in Ovid the gods
hid themselves in LYING
cymbi figura (form
-fitting mermaid gowns)
& ficus comprimunt in
figuram stellarum (& pressed figs
into the shape of stars.)
The Power of Numbers Extends to Infinity
I am 5’8 170 lbs.
the leg part goes 5-6 inches above
A very tall woman 5’10, 173
I lost 2-3 cm and am happy.
2 or 3 more:
1) 5’6,175, 2) 5’5 3) 5’ 5, 145 size 28
5’0 &100 lbs. 5’3 & pulling it down
& putting it back up took 2 minutes.
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Size C is for a 12 year old girl
Note: These two poems borrow from various sources including Immanuel Kant’s “Analytic of the Sublime,” Erich Auerbach’s “Figura” and Amazon customer reviews of Spanx and other shapewear products.
Emily Anderson’s writing has appeared recently in Fence, Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review and The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction. Her first book, Little Novels, is forthcoming from BlazeVox Books. Her video collaborations with Jen Morris have been screened in Sta. Cruz de Tenerife (Spain), Philadelphia, and Brattleboro, Vermont. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a PhD Candidate in English at the University at Buffalo.