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has appeared in journals including "26", "Phoebe", and "Hayden's Ferry Review." She lives in Milwaukee and teaches creative writing at Carthage College.

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Anne Shaw
A florida I enter in
the name sends out its spikes.
The name is a pod
for the child.
See how the self
rattles around inside?

And such similitude
of love. I am hove up.
A rope to apprehend.
Barnacled. As instinct.
A hand to shuttle forth.

As if our increment were whole:
The pouring-out of waters
over stone,
a shelf of grasses, pressed
beneath the wave.

Or gill net, opalescent
gill. A substance to refute.
Omit the sibling fist
of wind, the hook,
the redundant gale.

Now the tongue will sorrow forth
its crisp and bloody pod.
The seed is always mute. A cut
exposes the wifely pith.



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