This week, we are proud to present a new poem by Sarah Ehrich. Ehrich is a poet and writing instructor living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She earned her MFA at Emerson College where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has been published in Ploughshares and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She currently teaches writing at Boston College and is Assistant to the Director at the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Harvard Square. For more information, visit sarahehrich.com.
In this poem, I imagine a conversation with a being at once inside me and yet not me, a being with its own concerns and existence separate from my own. While I have a specific voice in mind, I see the poem’s flexibility in addressing the simultaneity of intimacy and distance, of consonance and dissonance. Of how extremely close beings—such as separate entities residing in one body—handle significant disagreement, opposing needs. Hopefully, through recognition, they eventually can correspond.
I Didn’t Need My World