Tender love. Rowdy love. Exquisite beauty. Body part. Food. No matter how you see them, every woman has them. Please help me welcome Victoria Dym to the pages of fws! Victoria attended a recent workshop I facilitated on writing from the point of view of the body. This poem is her response to the workshop prompt. No need to say more. Her body speaks:
Breasts We start to sing, through training bras, eighth grade gym class. We are sopranos hitting high “C” in the locker room. As we are first to sprout, the other girls giggle and twitter. We mature into black lace, mezzo-sopranos. At high-school dances, the boys ogle us. We constantly remind them that eyes are up higher; although, some see us as windows, too. After pregnancy, we bellow, a swollen tenor song, nursing bra, performing solo shows at restaurants and parks, wherever and whenever baby is hungry. In these later years, at the opera, alto we, wearing a minimizer triple “D”, vocalizing mammary memories, the low, low, low notes. Listen to Victoria reading her poem here.
Victoria Dym is the co-founder and a co-facilitator of The Metanoia Retreat for Writers, Well-Being and Right Whales which will take place in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL on Earth Day weekend April 22-24, 2022. The participants in this retreat will find community in poetry, awareness about Right Whales, conversation, the ocean, amazing cuisine, laughter, inspiration for their writing, and a final public performance. For more information and submission guidelines, email Victoria: email@example.com .
Victoria is a graduate of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College with a degree in Humility, a Bachelor of Arts, in Philosophy, from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Fine Arts, Creative Writing-Poetry from Carlow University. Her two poetry chapbooks, Class Clown, and When the Walls Cave In were published by Finishing Line Press in 2015 and 2018. Ms. Dym was cast for the Risk! Live from Orlando storytelling show and her story, One Shot was selected for the podcast. Her short story, The Linzer Torte was published in The Scribe Magazine, January 2020 issue. Victoria is currently submitting her full-length poetry manuscript, The Hatchet Sun, and two new chapbooks, Shaving the Yak, and There Are No Dogs on Mars, and Other Sermons from the Dog Chapel for publication. She lives in Tampa Florida, where she hosts the annual Haiku Challenge, teaches Poetry, Storytelling, and facilitates Laughter Yoga workshops for Cano Health.
Read more by Victoria here: “Florida Reincarnation,” page 37.
Victoria’s chapbook, Spontaneous, was selected by Poet Laureate Katherine Nelson-Born as the winner of the 2021 Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge and has been published by the West Florida Literary Federation.
Many congratulations, Victoria!