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it is with interest but at some remove 

that i watch the battle 

between my doctors and death 

it’s not like a sports game between the local team

and its rival       a scene that evokes 

great passion and clamoring 

people lined up close in front of the tv 

instead i am both wary and weary–two words 

that confused me as a child in their similarity

i watch       intent       yet quieted 

by the terrible knowledge 

that i am the field– 

necessary but 

not a true participant

ANN TWEEDY's first full-length poetry book, The Body's Alphabet, was published by Headmistress Press in 2016. It was awarded a Bisexual Book Award in Poetry and was named as a Lambda Literary Award finalist and as a Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist. She is also the author of three chapbooks—White Out (Green Fuse Press 2013), Beleaguered Oases (2nd ed. Seven Kitchens Press 2020), and A Registry of Survival (Last Word Press 2020). Additionally, she has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two Best of the Net Awards. Her poetry has been published in Rattle, Clackamas Literary Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Literary Mama, Naugatuck River Review, and many other places.

Besides writing poetry and essays, Ann is a legal scholar writing on both tribal civil jurisdiction and bisexuality and the law. She currently serves as a Professor of Law at the University of South Dakota, where she focuses on Native American Law.

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