- POETRY -

THE DAYS SHORTER, AND YET

Emily Pittinos

ISSUE TWELVE | SPRING 2019

When the red bird strikes the window, it is me

who takes blame. I do

                                     the autopsy, yank

rough stones from the throat, clay widow

from the heart.

                         I treat my flesh as clay

for sculpt and smash—red welt of snapped elastic,

red cage for blooming

                                     tumor. I grow uglier

by the day—the truth: I contain a destroyer. Tensions

eased by snifters of toxin; another

succulent to replace the last

                                           “unkillable” thing. I scrub

the daikon pale, smooth the carrot gnarled

by wax paper earth—barrier to perfection,

barrier to any elsehood.

                                     My mortal no, please, look away.

Emily Pittinos is a teaching writer currently living in Boise, ID. An Associate Editor for Poetry Northwest, Pittinos received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as the Senior Fellow in Poetry. Her recent work appears, or will soon appear, in Michigan Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Pinwheel Journal, New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere.

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