Woman Rising | Doug McHargue

You can see swipes
the artist made getting mud
on canvas, skin for this woman
maybe like God stretched
clay and dust over a bunch of bones
to get his man.

But this woman stares at us
a hint of irony about the eyes,
her head tilted a bit,
and pushing up by her elbows
rises from clay herself
thank you very much,
not from some old used rib.

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Doug McHargue is a Hickory, North Carolina resident who was a finalist for the 2014 North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award.  Her poems appear in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Best of Poetry Hickory Reading Series, Bloodshot, and Catawba. She is a participant in ekphrastic art exhibits at the Hickory Museum of Art and has recently completed a chapbook manuscript.

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