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After The UPS Man Shouted “Feed Your Baby At Home” Through His Truck Window

By Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

       Beaufort, North Carolina May 2007


Bionic Feeding Woman
whips breasts out, sprays
privacy netting over him,
through the window. She slays

public ignorance. Offensive,
angry and green, she stays
right where she is, extensive
superpower network plays

the news: Continental Airlines,
2003, Deborah Wolf charged
a terrorist during times
of war for milky discharge

in the face of passenger
complaint; Toys R Us
September 2006, stranger
for a children's store to fuss

when Chelsi Meyerson
busted out her right to feed
in the store's corner, shunned
by five harassing employees

who called security. Cover-up!
Applebees' manager told
Brooke, mother of 8. Cover up!
insisted the United steward,

throwing a used blanket across
Alina and her baby Rose.
Captain Areola, Boob Boss,
Mutant Nipple, each goes

on nursing, fighting the disease
of propriety like diaper rash,
growing muscles, curing degrees
of fever with a stubborn milky cache.

Added: Monday, June 30, 2014  /  Used with permission.
Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Melisa "Misha" Cahnmann-Taylor is Professor of TESOL & World Language Education at the University of Georgia. She was a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico conducting ethnographic research among English speaking Americans pursuing Spanish language acquisition.  Winner of Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg and Leeway Poetry Prizes, Osborn Teaching Award, Glickman and Yeany research awards, and author of two books, Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre (Teachers College Press, 2010) and Arts-Based Research in Education (Routledge, 2008).  Cahnmann-Taylor teaches courses on bilingualism and bilingual education, children’s literature in Spanish, poetry for creative language educators, theatre for reflective language practice, and translingual memoir.  Her numerous articles and poems can be found at her blog:

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