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January 16, 2019 / barton smock

person Jonathan Dubow, four poems

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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.

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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.

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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,
swallow
and shred…

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