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​jennifer jackson berry​

Before & After

She’d never thought of cradling 
a blood clot in her palm, 

or after pressing the darkest 
center & finding it hard, 
unyielding to her fingertip, 

trying to see if it was the shape of anything 

she’d seen time-lapsed on a doctor’s wall.


I cradled blood.
I pressed the dark.

Jennifer Jackson Berry's first full length collection of poetry The Feeder is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2016. She is also the author of the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.