Somatic Growth / Lisa Stice 


sometimes inconsistent with plotted charts—

     strategy            technical intelligence

theory          operational forces                  art

of cells      proteins         hybrids bound to science

     in the making of bone and connective

muscles               non-linear           irregular

warfare inside the body—a collective

     battle book to explain a singular

symptom            blood gives microscopic answers

to neural doctrine and hormonal law

     to the principles of platelets                offer

available data                       a caveat

of integrated chaos soon to be

     explained        on white paper


Lisa Stice is a poet/mother/military spouse. She is the author of Permanent Change of Station (Middle West Press, 2018) andUniform (Aldrich Press, 2016). While it is difficult to say where home is, she currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. You can learn more about her and her publications at,, @LisaSticePoet.