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January 16, 2019 / barton smock

person Jonathan Dubow, four poems


Jonathan Dubow lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Teaches developmental writing at Shippensburg University and has an MFA from the University of Alabama.

The following poems are from a manuscript called The Book of Esther as a Bear. Other poems from this manuscript have been recently published or are forthcoming in Chattahoochee Review, Grist, Waccamaw, and elsewhere.


Things that may be consumed raw

: honey, turmeric, ginger & sauerkraut.

: a lotus, the kaddish, herring, figs & luck.

: good weather, quitsa clams & basil stems.

: apples, peppers, grapeskin, autumn flowers & garlic.

: citron, paw paws, semen & feathers.

: eyelids, the weather’s voice & stubble.

: anticipation, dewberries & centella.


Altricial Year

Twelve months come from fire.
Nights with brightness in their hands
scratch a cup shaped hole of time
to confuse and prevent death.

We feed them cheese and give them head,
and shred…

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