"Lot's Wife tells stories about heroines, especially the women of the Bible, fairy tales, and myth. Each poem suggests a possible solution to the mystery of gender and human identity. Mirriam-Goldberg has published widely already, and this, her first book, is a well crafted, important debut." — Denise Low, author of Tulip Elegies and Touching the Sky

    Noah's Teenage Daughter

    It's a good thing the ocean got bigger.
    Otherwise this shit would probably kill
    the fish and then we'd have to take pairs
    of biting eels and stuff.

    I hate this life.
    They wanted to take a boy for me
    but he got more interested in my best friend,
    so now they're both drowned.
    I like the pony best. "Everything falls apart,"
    Papa says, "when you don't stick
    to your own species."
    I hate Papa, too.
    He doesn't know what he's doing.

    I think of throwing myself overboard.
    I think about throwing some rabbit over
    or one of the mice.
    No one would notice
    and think how it could change
    the rest of the millennium.
    Maybe tonight I will.

    "Maybe tonight we'll see land,"
    Mama says. Yeah, and I'll sprout hooves.
    I told you I hate this place,
    everything smelling like old men and god.
    I lean over the side of the ark
    and throw up.


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Lot's Wife
by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

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