Human oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) is a procedure to preserve a woman’s eggs (oocytes). The eggs are extracted, frozen, and stored. The intention of the procedure is that, in the future, the woman may choose to have the eggs thawed, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus as embryos to facilitate a pregnancy. —

Erin Case, To Be Absolved (collage)

I planned
your harvest
for only half
a season
The kind
of plan for
made when
the ground
has gone
off, radiated
away, grown
bone & weird
hair—your hair
dark yellow
I’m told, sick
plum that I
was & grew
your teeth
too soon
I’m sorry
you will
happen in
phases I’m
sorry some
of you will
in attrition
magma ocean
it will take
some love
in a stall
various tubes
for you
I will
cut open
again &
please don’t
ask what the
impact was
so difficult
to know
how old you
actually are
I started
having you
when I was
so young &
am still
having you
as we speak
that invisible
of your form
will only bear
my isotopic
signature: you
will have
the warmest
I’ve never
felt such cold
as you know
already out
in negative
degrees: you
exist already
so still &
waiting, we orbit
each other
waiting: without
I couldn’t
plan your
future names


Alicia Wright