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Rachel Markell

Rachel Markell is originally from Tallahassee, FL and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she works as a Software Engineer. She is a graduate of Brown University and the editor of an online literary journal, The Post Grad Journal.

I have not flossed since my daughter was born

a week after she is buried I have a dentist appointment
a check-up scheduled months ago
between painting walls and picking out names
and I go
because what else is there to do

easing a mirror around my teeth she says your gums
are very angry
and this is the first thing in a long time
that has made any sense

because every part of me
should be inflamed, screaming
the entire world
should have been flung off its axis
and instead

I am lying in this chair
with more pain than can possibly
be explained by a little redness
around my teeth

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