I find out I am pregnant in a motel
on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
I pull out a Bible and search
for “mother” in the index.
There is no index,
Mary standing in front of the Dead
Sea, hair wild and full of salt.
Luisa Muradyan is originally from Odessa, Ukraine, and is the
author of American Radiance (University of Nebraska Press),
which won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. She earned
a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of
Houston, where she was the editor in chief of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts from 2016 to 2018. Additionally,
Muradyan is a member of the Cheburashka Collective, a group
of women and nonbinary writers from the former Soviet Union.
Previous poems have appeared in Poetry International, the Los Angeles Review, West
Branch, Blackbird, and Ninth Letter, among others.