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Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She was born with a rare bone disorder, and uses her skeletal dysplasia and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. She is the poetry editor of District Lit and a graduate of the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Deaf Poets Society, Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction, The Fem, Paper Darts, and Wordgathering.

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Marlena Chertock ON THAT ONE-WAY TRIP TO MARS is a version of the Voyager’s Grand Tour, if the spacecraft had skeletal dysplasia. The zero gravity of space would give…moreON THAT ONE-WAY TRIP TO MARS is a version of the Voyager’s Grand Tour, if the spacecraft had skeletal dysplasia. The zero gravity of space would give my aching bones a break. These poems travel out into the solar system, and down into the genetic letters within us all.

When you're crumb-sized, you're often bullied. You're kept from riding water slides and roller coasters. Everyday tasks like reaching socks in the laundry machine and getting your favorite box of cereal are difficult.

My sister and I were born with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a rare skeletal disorder that causes short stature, scoliosis, neck instability, joint pain, early-onset arthritis, and more.

I use this bone disorder and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. I explore the rich images in science and medicine, threading genetics and nature into my work.(less)
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