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Mary-Kim Arnold

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Mary-Kim Arnold

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of The Fish & The Dove, forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020, and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018). She teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University and lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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Had I been raised by doves
wouldn’t I have learned
to fly
 
By wolves
to hunt in packs
 
Had I been raised by gods
wouldn’t I too
be godlike
 
In the movies the orphan
is the killer
not loved enough
unwanted
 
But wasn’t I
most
wanted
 
My mother
fish goddess
dove into the sea
for the sin of loving
a mortal man
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