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Dora Malech

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Dora Malech is the author of Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010) and Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009). She is the recipient of a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award, a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center, and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.

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                  I snap the twig to try to trap
the springing and I relearn the same lesson.
You cannot make a keepsake of this season. 
Your heart's not the source of that sort of sap,
lacks what it takes to fuel, rejects the graft,
though for a moment it's your guilty fist 
that's flowering. You're no good