Rachel Wight Not as an Empty Nothing Creature c. ~1647
when he calls her an empty nothing creature there is first disquiet that this is where we come from. it does not matter that it was centuries past it just matters that it happened. because he could not understand that what he already contained was spilling out of him. he spilled onto the floor & carpet all his words left him like an itch between the shoulderblades. here and forever her body is neither accurate nor inaccurate. she was a young girl left starving & delirious & stuffed full of such otherness. this is where our foremothers were measured by how much could be stuffed into them by empty men. how they suffered quietly for their many sins. & how by ceasing to exist she could build him a church.
Danielle Rose lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their two cats. She is the managing editor of Dovecote Magazine and also used to be a boy.