ORDER | Catherine Klatzker


You gather the forms

Clip them together

Chronological order you wonder,

or reverse chronological,

Which makes sense

when you never

spill your guts, you’re known

for how contained you appear

under all circumstances


         You are so civilized

         so well-behaved


Yet this feels like something

is tearing, ripping open

—an impossible rupture on your

right side, right there—so

you document this, you

have the record of its course

It’s all in order

A tidy folder of symptoms

and test results, neatly clipped


Catherine Klatzker is a writer and RN in Los Angeles, California, retired after twenty-two years in pediatric intensive care. Her essay “Al Chet” was 2014 nonfiction winner in Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature. Catherine Klatzker’s work has appeared in Intima, Fall 2013 “Range of Vision” & Spring 2015 “What We See When We See Each Other”; Emrys Journal; Lime Hawk Literary Journal; The Examined Life Literary Journal, and the anthologies Same Time Next Week, and Parts Unbound, both in 2015. Her book-in-progress was shortlisted for the 2015 Mary Roberts Rinehart Nonfiction Prize from Stillhouse Press.