Project Description

First Map

Stone fences lined the road to the art academy
where the teacher unscrolled the butcher paper

      on the floor, told me to lie down. I fanned my fingers and
spread my legs as a boy drew my outline in marker.

The ceiling was so far up, the cement floor cold against my back and
the smell of the room was the smell

                    of drying acrylic. I stood up from the paper and
my body was an outline inside the sneaker prints

of the boy who had drawn me. The teacher handed me a pen, said,
Now, fill in the rest.

Meat Cove, Cape Breton

What we pulled up we did not always save. The hair of
my arms bristled in the cold. In an earlier evolution, this
would have made me seem larger, less vulnerable
to attack. The traps came up clicking, lobsters brown and
mottled with little eyes that had no whites to roll in, just
wet nubs that came up out of their armor, under their
horns. I held the pinching claws away from me, measured
from the rear of the eye socket along the center body shell.
I checked under the tails for eggs, dropped the mothers
back in. They fell through the water to settle softly on
the bottom. This is how we trained them to trust the traps.

KC Trommer

KC Trommer is the author of the debut collection We Call Them Beautiful as well as the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem “Fear Not, Mary” won the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize, judged by Kevin Prufer. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Queens Council on the Arts, the Table 4 Writers Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Blackbird, The Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, as well as in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little; All We Can Hold; Bared; and Who Will Speak for America? Her essays have appeared in LitHub and in the anthology Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love (Creative Nonfiction, 2015). She is the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son.