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Poetry: clear cut by Mara Adamitz Scrupe • Bare Fiction Magazine • Poetry, Fiction, Theatre

clear cut

by Mara Adamitz Scrupe

Highly Commended in the Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry 2017

  in the ambush in the middle
  of nowhere we go in for low intimacy/ bowels/ duodenum
jejunum  ileum

  we lie close

  in the soil & never call it dirt & after the onslaught
the waste

  we drag our babies in from shoved/ dozed/ from

the way – out – woods (as if they won’t notice our abject
  pointlessness) we waltz back in sickened
  but hopeful/ optimistic as though replanting/ prettifying will cure

our broken hearts  poplar saplings likewise
  valiant volunteer nursed post –
devastation

  alongside our Black Birch pair secure/ softening
  the cold slap

  of a backcountry ambush & clear cut hedging we dig

  our holes deeper signifying
signifying remarkable enticements & martyrs once
  happened here here  ruins & bastard colonial

boys burned off the first growth guts awrithe tawny worms’
  immurements entrails thin as stick
  slick as swarm  the bee – keeper’s shim hard – nose

fillers – up

  we look for help & partnership in wild animals’
  eyes/ skimmers – off of scorch & blackened/ grazers –

off the sinewiest/ wooers – up of the supplest shoots

Mara Adamitz Scrupe

clear cut was Highly Commended in the Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry 2017, as chosen by Wayne Holloway-Smith.


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