At 38 Weeks, Wondering
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Poet’s statement: This poem suggests, from the point of view of an uncomfortably pregnant near-term woman, a possible origin story for humans' upright posture with its ironic disadvantages for pregnancy and childbirth.
At 38 weeks, wondering
But Eve reached up on hind legs for the fruit,
She’d carry him in front until,
CATHERINE BELLING is an assistant professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Her training is in English literature and her research is on interpretation and anxiety in healthcare and bioethics. As well as many journal articles, she is author of a monograph, A Condition of Doubt: The Meanings of Hypochondria.