“THERE’S NO THROUGH TRAIL” —HAN-SHAN, TRANSLATED BY GARY SNYDER
/ Harriet Cole, the Cleaning Woman who Donated Her Body to Science

Harriet Cole, the Cleaning Woman who Donated Her Body to Science

by Cassandra Baliga

You became
a fibrous,
flayed 
streak of lightning 
in a glass 
case, shooting
from its origin  
at the base
of the skull.
Silently 
calling out,       look,
at what twitches
under skin,
tangled and throbbing.
Look,
we are all
electric.

Cassandra Baliga

About Cassandra Baliga

Cassandra Baliga is a senior studying English at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She’s had work previously appear in The Red Booth ReviewConfluence, and ANGLES. She also is a two-time winner of the DeKalb Snowbound Writer’s Poetry Contest. 

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