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Exposed by Unavoidable Light

Tracie T. Nichols

I am flesh


Strong but

jagged. Malleable but

shatterproof. Tempered


exposure by relentless exposure.

Folded, hammered, heated, and plunged,

sixty-rotations-strong. A blade of noticing held

in the hand of a bleeding child.


Tracie T. Nichols

Tracie Nichols, M.A is a Transformative Language Artist writing poetry poetry and facilitating writing experiences from under two old Sycamore trees in southeastern Pennsylvania. Co-founder of two writing groups, as well as a board member and newsletter editor for the Transformative Language Arts Network, her poetry has appeared in Rogue Agent and two Women’s Spiritual Poetry anthologies. More at


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