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October 23, 2018 / barton smock

person Victoria Nordlund, one poem


Victoria Nordlund received her MALS from Wesleyan University. She is a 2018 Best of the Net Nominee whose work is published in PANK Magazine, Coffin Bell, Gone Lawn, Ghost Proposal, Amaryllis, Philosophical Idiot, and other journals. She lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut.


Memento Mori

Queen Victoria had a baby tooth brooch and bracelet
made with the first milk teeth of her brood.
Clean white polished pieces set with gold.
Delicate relics formed to mourn nine childhoods

long since passed.

After my mom died, I found
my primary collection in a copper box
with a lock from my first cut–
The initial trimmings before I realized

everything falls.

Strange to hold my baby teeth–Bits of me
Yellow/tiny/ broken/blood/brown/ kernels/
wrangled from their roots. Felt the gaps again.
And with each little loss

came the promise of permanent ones.

I ordered a silver keepsake bracelet with mom’s ashes–

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