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Adrienne Su

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Adrienne Su

Adrienne Su is the author of Living Quarters (Manic D Press, 2015). She teaches at Dickinson College and lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Words can’t do
what bird bones
can: stew
to the stony
essence
of one
small soul, the spent
sacrifice boiled down
to the hard white
matter that nourishes
the mighty
predator, who flourishes
on the slaughtered
animal and water.

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A crate of peaches straight from the farm
has to be maintained, or eaten in days.
Obvious, but in my family, they went so fast,
I never saw the mess that punishes delay.

I thought everyone bought fruit by the crate,
stored it in the coolest part of the house,
then devoured it before

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