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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

The Museum of Everything Salty



Your first stop: the room of swallowed amniotic fluid –
every tile of the hospital room where your mother gave birth
every sheet and faucet reproduced with shining accuracy –
and you, your infant self: a mess of tissue
with your mouth wrinkled and unscreaming
in the corner, doctor’s smooth doctor hand
on your back, raising and lowering at the crease
in his white-coated shoulder.
Room of gulped sea-water, room of swigged semen, room of licked tears.
Room of purchased lunch, hall of exotic meals, room of unbrushed teeth.
The alco-hall, McDonald’s hamburger from 1992. You’re so thirsty.

Kristin Maffei is a poet and copywriter living in New York City.  She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Oxford and holds an M.F.A. from New York University, where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry.  Her work has appeared in Works & Days, Mount Hope Journal, American Athenaeum, and on a few buses in Oxfordshire. She lives online at