Poetry from Celeste Rose Wood

Photo: Pawel Czerwinski

Excerpts from Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (12.00 Mental Disorders – Adult)

12.4 Depressive disorder, characterized
by five or more of the following:

a.……A disembodied wing;
b.……Flapping with no intelligible purpose;
c.……Attaching between the shoulder blades;
d.……Beating the back of your neck with;
e.……Something unseeable;
f.…… And wrong;
g.……Breezes widen their mouths;
h.……To take your body in;
i.…….To take you in.

12.06 Panic disorder or agoraphobia, characterized
by one or both of the following:

a.……A severed tail fin, a twitching without
…. .  ..traveling, sutured to your tailbone, flicking
….    ..the backs of your legs with the secret
..   …..geometries of your spine; or
b.……Flowing water tightens on your ankles
…   …to reel your body in,
…   …to reel you in.
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Celeste Rose Wood lives in a village near a metropolis. She has an MFA from Manhattanville College and her poems have appeared in Nimrod, NILVX, Grimoire, great weather for MEDIA, and other locations.

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