Poem of the Week: “Waking After the Surgery,” by Leila Chatti

We couldn’t have been more tickled to see this poem from RCAH alumna Leila Chatti’s new book “Deluge” in Friday’s New York Times (and selected by friend of the Center for Poetry Naomi Shihab Nye). Be sure to save the evening of Tuesday, April 21 for a reading here with Leila celebrating the release of this stunning collection.

Waking After the Surgery

By Leila Chatti



And just like that, I was whole again


seam like a drawing of an eyelid closed,

gauze resting atop it like a bed


of snow laid quietly in the night

while I was somewhere or something


else, not quite dead, but nearly, freer

my self unlatched for a while as if it were


a dog I had simply released from its leash

or a balloon slipped loose from my grip


in a room with a low ceiling, my life

bouncing back within reach, my life


bounding toward me when called.



Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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