POEM Agatha Abu Shehab

NWR Issue 112

There are Ways of Being a Woman

whereby the blueprint for every life-producing system extends from
your limbs. Ways of being the embryo, ways of being the womb. You
make and are made at once. You hold and are held. Ways to deliver
pleasure, ways to derive it. Instructions on TV and the internet –,

I swallow each like an elixir. My body hair – what beautiful fur, what
a pelt. What unexpected shame I encounter each time I’m smooth to
touch. What horror if ever you’d glimpse the black fuzz beneath my

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Agatha Abu Shehab studied creative writing at Bath Spa University and was a performance poet for some years on the UK circuit, before moving to the Middle East. She now teaches English and writes full time.


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