Each fetus wears a crimson jacket, the Hmong people say, translated as "placenta," soul threads woven by genetic intertwining of egg and sperm, double helix stitches from blooming brain to little, wiggling toe imprints in Mama's stomach. When I was born, my Mama, too, sought to feed the Earth with that scared sac, and so, a part of me was buried in my background, a fertilizing funeral from which a living tree tombstone then sprouted like a Phoenix, blossomed, nourished bees, housed birds, shaded me throughout childhood of hot, summer sun - and still reminding me of the treasure beneath that leafy bower, within a cradle of roots. X marks the spot, the Hmong people say, where my deceased soul will someday seek its jacket again and huddle there, in cyclic death, reminiscing Mama's embrace.
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Corroborations 2012 was held at the University Libraries, The University of South Dakota, from January 20 – May 4, 2012. The Corroborations 2012 exhibition paired USD visual arts and poetry majors in order to create new collaborative work and to both broaden acceptance and appreciation of alternative art disciplines.