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A Sentence About a Sentence I Love, by Paula Bomer

 

everything down
hardens I press with horrible joy down
my back cracks like a wrist
shame I am voiding oh behind it is too late

hide me forever I work thrust I must free
now I all muscles & bones concentrate
what is living from dying?

from John Berryman’s “Homage to Mistress Bradstreet”

 

This sentence is part of a longer passage that I quote in the epigraph to my unpublished novel, Nine Months, because I think it so wonderfully captures the intensity, beauty, rhythm and horror that is the miracle called childbirth.

 

Paula Bomer is the author of Inside Madeleine, Nine Months, and Baby and Other Stories. She lives in New York City.

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