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A Natural History: Yona Harvey

28/10/2009

A NATURAL HISTORY OF MY DISASTERS

[abridged]

Text and Art by Yona Harvey

FIGURE 1

FIGURE 1

FIGURE 1.

Shoes worn once [with collapse intuited].  (A) Heel [2.5 inches, wooden, faux].  I’d never fallen—on a stage, on a sidewalk, in a bad relationship—never.  Not a single heartbreak. Sneakers or sandals tomboy wanderer. Method: stay low to the ground.  [the break would wait until I couldn’t be broken] plus:  (B) Toes [hidden].  Bent from too small shoes from too small budgets from a too long childhood.  (C) And here one must step outside the figure.  And here one must leap [dream signs, dream visions, and so forth].  Full grown, I landed in Houston and shopped with a man [not shown].  You look so different, I said to him.  There was blue between us. Those shoes? he asked when I lifted them.  Yes, I said and slipped them on [yes to their blue dusk straps, yes to the box, to the bag, and yes to figuring where to wear them].

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FIGURE 2

FIGURE 2

FIGURE 2.

April.  The space where one —.  [and is led]. Intuit, intuit, intuit.  She fell, they answered when I asked what happened.  And one week later into the grove she went while I stood in these shoes [these shoes].

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Yona Harvey is a writer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  You can find more of Yona’s work at The Best American Poetry blog and the From the Fishouse website.

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Notes:

“A Natural History of My Disasters [abridged]” is part of the Natural Histories Project. Click here to learn more >>

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