Puberty, 1895
after the painting by Edvard Munch (1863-1944)

She slouches on the edge of the bed,
covers her pubis with her hands.
Shy triangle points to pigeon-toed feet.

The breasts are the first to rise,
shoving out from within
like mountains raised from earth.

She’s so young that her eyes
haven’t yet grown in to her head.
Yet she feels the insides pushing out.

This is what her body does to her,
through her, despite her.


Nudibranch, Indonesia, copyright 2005 Mary Pearson

Copyright 2012,  Janée J. Baugher

Janée J. Baugher is the author of Coordinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010, a collection of travel poems, and in 2011 she presented her poetry at the Library of Congress. Baugher was awarded a 2012 fellowship at The Island Institute of Sitka. She teaches literature and creative writing in Seattle at University of Phoenix.

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