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Emily Rosko

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Emily Rosko is the author of Prop Rockery (University of Akron Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Akron Poetry Prize, and Raw Goods Inventory (University of Iowa Press, 2006), winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize and Shenandoah’s 2007 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers. Her other honors include a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and Poetry’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship. She teaches at the College of Charleston.

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Oh, clouds that do not look like cherubs, move over! My heart
isn’t big enough to include you. The crows shit on
my car every morning, such

gratuitous little fellows—the things I never asked for. Oh, unrecognized
genius, the modest beauty wasting from
illness, the good-kid-turned-bad.