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Fall/Winter 2017



Carol Alexander

THE CITIZEN

Halfway to the border, her deep pains start.
The seat smells of brine and eau de cologne.
Shuffling her papers, the young guard winks
and hustles her off the Paris train.
Gare Montparnasse to Chartres, milky breast--
but born in a caul, shrouded at birth.
Grandmother tells us, when we cannot nap,
of the stench of the cars, the retch of bile.
How an abacus clicks at each escape.
How it serenades the crowning infant's ears.
Beaux yeux are stamped in memory.
So we play mother on rainy days,
taking turns at the bottom of a grave.


Carol Alexander is the author of the chapbook Bridal Veil Falls (Flutter Press) and the forthcoming collection Habitat Lost (Cave Moon Press, 2017). Most recent work appears or will shortly appear in Matter, The High Window, Soundings East, and Southern Humanities Review.

 


 

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