startle reflex              ticks              gills flex           downstroke
cast        hexagonal quilted shoreline
muskrat mating patterns          smooth surfaces I lick
without slivers       my tongue: mapmaker / magpie / scavenger      ink this
page liminal dark
Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. The Color She Gave Gravity (The Operating System 2017) is her debut poetry collection, and her work most recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Typo, Streetnotes, Nerve Lantern, Queer Disability Anthology, Spoon Knife Anthology, Theatre Topics, and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her partner and collaborator, Petra Kuppers. Find her at: stephanieheitpoetry.com.