SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

Mid-life (Nonet #3) by Janette Schafer

All the dreams I never tried are left
behind. Forgetting is beauty. 
Let someone else be my wound. 
My body is in flames. 
Sorrow is a word
used for regret. 
I can't find
me now. 

Janette Schafer is a freelance writer, commercial banker, and musician living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a 2017 awardee of the Maenad Fellowship in creative writing through Chatham University and a 2015 awardee of the Arts MODE Fellowship in experimental theater through New Sun Rising LLC.  She holds a BFA in Professional Writing from Carlow University. Recent and upcoming publications include: (b)oink Magazine; Nasty Women & Bad Hombres Anthology; Chatham University broadsides; PublicSource; Calamus Journal. When not working on her writing, music, or for the bank, she is a comedienne and improv artist with The Amish Monkeys, Pittsburgh's oldest improv troupe.

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