Human Parts
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Human Parts

THIS IS US

Body Inventory

On loving the body I live in and with

A peeling and cracked foot
Photo: Orawan Pattarawimonchai/Shutterstock

I was in college and deeply involved in theater. We were doing an exercise blindfolded, in a dark room, and we were instructed not to speak but to get to know each other by touch — a group grope. Afterwards one of the participants told me he’d noticed my rib cage was unusual for the way it went straight down rather than curving in…

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Cai Emmons

Cai Emmons

Cai Emmons is the author of 5 books of fiction, most recently the novel, SINKING ISLANDS. Two more of her novels will be published in 2022.