Karen Leona Anderson

For your cities, thank you. For yourbig noise. For the rain-glossed, thin-skinnedbags of food. For the tunnels , the candy-pink shell of your walls that we mapby feel, by oilsmear, around you, the richestplace in your house. For poison blunted,your undersink arsenal defused and deadby overuse, by you. Thank you. For youhave been the sand to your own blaze.For you have been a gentle sentinel,letting us slip in around you,cryptic, slick. This is whatwe hope you’ll take in for your pains:we’ll stay, I promise, by your sideat every step, like the gunsyou love to use till they’reempty: click click.

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Karen Leona Anderson is the author of the poetry collections Receipt (Milkweed Editions) and Punish honey (Carolina Wren). Her work has most recently appeared in Epiphany, Pleiades, Little Star, Alaska Quarterly Review, ZYZZYVA, The Best American Poetry, and other journals and anthologies; her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Grant. She is a professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Spring / Summer 2020

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