Excerpt from “Risk of Miscarriage Among Black Women and White Women in a US Prospective Study”
We were unable to contextualize our primary finding:
black women have a nearly 2-fold higher risk of miscarriage
compared with white women during gestational weeks 10-20.
We characterize miscarriage as the revolt of the uterine lining.
The annonymization of a should be body. The collapse
of a calcifying structure. The body molting one tissue paper
layer at a time. Our findings warrant further investigation,
we cannot explain the disparity in risk and pattern of loss
between black and white women. To maintain impartiality
we elected not to recognize the following traumas:
across/in/next to ocean
chattel slavery was unlike any sort of slavery
Colored Only Negro Only
Every 107 seconds a sexual assault
every 28, 12, 8 hours on the hour there is a murder
We have established that the body cannot unlearn itself,
therefore previous history of miscarriage is an established
predictor of miscarriage, but we are unable to contextualize
our secondary finding: to miscarry as a black woman
is to refute a rumor once held so close to the skin
it became part of the skin.
Tafisha A. Edwards is currently staring at 5 oranges on her desk in an attempt to determine which is the sweetest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several print and online publications including: The Offing, Gigantic Sequins, Fjords Review, Bodega Magazine, Fledgling Rag, and The Little Patuxent Review. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, the recipient of a Zoland Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House.