Cover Photo: A photograph of Tori Amos straddling her piano bench as she plays a different keyboard with each hand—a grand piano on her left and an electronic keyboard on her right. She is wearing a pink dress and lace tights and has bright red hair.
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Thirty Years After ‘Little Earthquakes,’ I’m Finally Ready for Tori Amos

With reproductive rights under threat in the US, I returned to an artist unafraid of telling her truth.

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I cannot be pregnant.

I cannot be pregnant.

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   I wanna spit in their faces, then I get afraid of what that could bring.   I got a bowling ball in my stomach, I got a desert in my mouth.   Figures that my courage would choose to sell out now.


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  Hey, but I don’t care ’cause sometimes,   I said sometimes I hear my voice   I hear my voice, I hear my voice, and it’s been here   Silent all these years.

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Kelly Hoover Greenway is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Romper (where she was a staff lifestyle writer), Eater, and other outlets. She is also a television producer and development executive in unscripted programming. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. For a deeper dive, visit, or follow her on Twitter: @kellyhgreenway & Instagram: @onmyrocker.