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Harvesting Her Heart after the Accident

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by Stacy Nigliazzo


Stacy R. Nigliazzo’s debut poetry collection Scissored Moon was published in 2013 by Press 53. It was named Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. It was also listed as a finalist for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize (Jacar Press) and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book Award for Poetry/Bob Bush Award. She is co-editor of Red Sky, an anthology addressing the global epidemic of violence against women (Sable Books). (srnigliazzo.com)

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I wrote this poem after the death of my dear friend and colleague, Stephanie Vafiadis. In a supreme act of generosity and love, as was her way in life, her vital organs were offered for donation. This poem is a reflection of the moment her heart was harvested in the operating room. She was 33 years old.

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