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Cathy Linh Che

Pomegranate I open my chest and birds flock out.In my mother’s garden, the roses flaretoward the sun, but I am an arrow pointing back.I am Persephone,a virgin abducted. In the Underworld,I starve a seasonwhile the world wilts into the ghostof a summer backyard.My hunger open and raw. I lay next to a manwho did not… Continue reading Cathy Linh Che

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Mary Szybist

You must live for something, they say.People don’t live just to keep on living. But here is the quince tree, a sky bright and empty.Here there are blueberries, there is no need to not me. — Mary Szybist, from “Here There Are Blueberries,” Incarnadine: Poems. (Graywolf Press; First Edition edition February 5, 2013)

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