Grownup Love

Dan Rosenberg

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for Rachel

Inside the sacrament our daughter lies
and ages and three kinds of hunger sag

over the belt of her being ours. Such a
daughter we have in the shared spaces,
such a boulder comes tumbling, picks up

pigtails, permissions, her face grows angled
and painted, our cranial mush, yeah, we’d give
for her, the mortality clause, the sun

a cheap orange we tear with our nails.
And we look to feed, and we feed to love.
And when she eats she eats us alive.

And when she’s done we sweep ourselves
together, as we must, the dribble of us,
we cake to her toes, to her heels’ downturn,

a thin layer, leftover, hoping to soften
one or two steps on the ungiving ground.


ART: Zachary Tate Porter, Jeannie Vanasco

FICTION: Katya Apekina, John Henry Fleming, Lacy Arnett, Claire Harlan Orsi, Chantel Tattoli

NONFICTION: Emily Carr, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Johanna Stoberock, Steve Wasserman

POETRY: Janelle Adsit, Ryan Bender-Murphy, Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni, Dan Chelotti, Lisa Ciccarello, Christopher DeWeese, Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney, Tyler Gobble, Fanny Howe, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Nick Lantz, Matthew Lippman, Aditi Machado, Alice Miller, Marc Paltrineri, Christopher Rey Pérez, Allan Peterson, Jessica Poli, Lynne Potts, Dan Rosenberg, M. C. Rush, Ed Skoog, Cindy St. John, Russel Swensen, Emily Toder, Laurie Saurborn Young

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