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Poet of an Ordinary Heartbreak
Who hasn’t been tempted by the sharp edge of a knife?
An ordinary knife cutting ordinary tomatoes on
an ordinary slab of wood on an ordinary Wednesday.
The knife nicks, like a bite to the soul. A reminder
that what is contemplated is as real as the blood
sprouting from a finger. As real as a bruised eye.
Instead turn back to the meat stewing on the stove.
Scrape pulpy red flesh into the heat and turn.
Say: even this is a prayer. Even this.
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|March 14, 2011||A Meadow||Lucie Brock-Broido|
|August 15, 2015||A Memory||Lola Ridge|
|March 28, 2015||A Minor Poet||Stephen Vincent Benét|
|November 13, 2014||A Natural History of My White Girl||Ching-In Chen|
|April 06, 2014||A Noiseless Patient Spider||Walt Whitman|
|November 26, 2010||A Note on Absence||Martin Corless-Smith|
|March 22, 2014||A Parisian Roof Garden in 1918||Natalie Clifford Barney|
|November 19, 2010||A Peacock in Spring||Joyelle McSweeney|
|February 24, 2015||A Person Protests to Fate||Jane Hirshfield|