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Date of birth
An astronaut hanging from heaven.
Doctors gone, empty halls
in a new hospital.
 
Chief complaint
The body’s box
shut—
a second, silent mind.
 
Known allergies
This rough patch. Who knows
what landed first? Or crept
from the inside out.
 
Family history
Eight pins.
There—half down.
Four pins.
Atrocious game, dark
rolling in from the distance.
 
Reproductive history
He never would have stayed.
 
 
 

Amy Miller’s full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. Her writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Tinderbox, Willow Springs, and ZYZZYVA, and her most recent chapbook is I Am on a River and Cannot Answer (BOAAT Press). She lives in Oregon.