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from goodwifthing

By (November 1, 2016) No Comment

tastes like something on fire in my mouth
I want to live forever whisper
that into your husband’s ear tonight abed
my invisible scrutinized midlife
goodwyf bodyminivan & tankini
my children say back to me phrases I
say to them in darkness things fall silent
at dinneryou could start an argument
this creature bled for fifty-two days &
the goodwyf body splits up the middle
wingedtextured like painttwo figures
looking at a landscapeshoulder to shoulder
facing opposite directionsit comes
back to you like thiswithout the word for it

Pattie McCarthy is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Quiet Book from Apogee Press (2016). She is an associate professor (non-tenure track) at Temple University. “goodwifthing” is the third section of a booklength manscript called “wifthing” that will be made of four series, each made of 25 sonnets.