EMBEZZLING AT THE EATING DISORDER CLINIC by Jaz Sufi


Cutoffs/Second Chance by Natalie Voelker

EMBEZZLING AT THE EATING DISORDER CLINIC

In all, I “shred” over one hundred pounds
of paper. Useless things:

files of patients past, the histories,
the art projects, the food

journals and their yawning margins,
insurance receipts

sucked clean of marrow. The names
taste unfamiliar.

Once a patient leaves, it is as if
here, at least,

they have succeeded in vanishing.
Mastered the art

of unbecoming. In truth, of course,
I lied — I weighed

the cardboard coffin to better know
the corpses inside

and then I buried them myself
to collect what little

they were worth. They were worth
ninety nine cents

a pound. The exchange rate between
countries is rarely

an equal one. Someone (or something)
is always left hungry.



Jaz Sufi

Jaz Sufi is a poet, a Bay Area native, and the slammaster of the Berkeley Slam, the longest running poetry slam in California. She was the 2015 Berkeley Grand Slam Champ and has competed for several teams at the National Poetry Slam, and represented San Francisco at the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She was also a featured poet at the 2011 USF Creative Justice Art Show, and has been published in NonBinary Review and the Cry of the Nightbird anthology.