With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Laura Van Etten has worked at women’s shelters in New York, Arizona, and Colorado. She currently lives in Fort Collins and teaches at Colorado State University.
One night I meet a client at the ER, she grabs my arm, forces me to her, and says: “This here will heal.” She points to a broken nose, a smashed collarbone, a red eye. “But this won’t.” She thumps her hand against her chest.