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Chelsea Rathburn

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Chelsea Rathburn

Chelsea Rathburn is the author of Still Life with Mother and Knife forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in February 2019, A Raft of Grief (Autumn House, 2013), and The Shifting Line (University of Evansville, 2005). She directs the creative writing program at Young Harris College and lives in Blairsville, Georgia.

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Shiitake, velvet foot, hen of the woods, wood 
ear, cloud ear, slippery jack, brown wreaths

of Polish borowik dried and hanging 
in the stalls of a Krakow market—all these

were years away from the room where I lay 
once, studying the contours of your sex

as if it were some subterranean species 
I’d never
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