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Elizabeth Metzger

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Elizabeth Metzger

Elizabeth Metzger is the author of The Spirit Papers (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017). She is the poetry editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Either you’ve died, or you arrive
beside me at a funeral

patchily reaching out
from your zero gravity chair

to grab the relative achievement
of my stomach.

There is no cute life in me
but I have eaten a great meal

alone successfully, greater
than I have ever kept

In one or two lives 
I opened the door with the prize
only to find the prize was not worth the life.
I wanted the door.
Brave mahogany door, you be my fortune.
Teach me to understand the jungle cry 
in your grain, the suffering