Human Parts
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Human Parts

My Pointer Finger

All the parts of me count for something, are useful for something

ItIt found my mother’s face first, when my pointer finger was more hand than finger, more foreign connection than mine. It was probably the one on my right hand. I don’t know the first time I pointed it at anyone, but I know some things it used to trace. The satin around my blankets, the tip of my nose, our cats.



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Amanda Oliver

Author of OVERDUE: Reckoning with the Public Library • writer, editor, teacher •