Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Schizophrenic

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Schizophrenic

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   Split? Like a chromosome,    or a lizard's tongue? Ha!    I'm more than myself, I'm added on.     Bad mother, they used to say.    And Uncle Almus babbling under stone,    with his da-da's, his how-do-you-do's.     They're after me all right, a posse of smocks.    They'd have my sperm on a slide,    my brain in a box.     It's the voices, you see.    I raise them in the back.    A kind of nursery.     Well, this one stutters a bit.    I've overwatered it. But all my other dears    winter nicely in my ear.     Now we have the taking of a pill.    Which do you please? The red has a mood,    makes a pretty sleep. But the white,     bossy tablet, has an awful voice in it.    Godless and watery,    it tells the others to never love me. 

Edward Micus's poems have appeared in Cape Rock, CutBank, Harvard Magazine, Indiana Review, Laurel Review, New York Quarterly, North American Review, Poetry, Seattle Review, South Dakota Review, and other journals. In 1994 he received a Loft-McKnight Award for poetry. He currently works at Minnesota State University and lives in Mankato.

I was raised by my mother in Fort Dodge, Iowa, literally in the shadow of Sacred Heart Church, one of the tallest structures in the area. …

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