Iowa Best Emerging Poets

Poem published in the 2018 Iowa Best Emerging Poets, “After the Fight.”

After the Fight

When I wake up quarter past five,
and your arms are strewn across the pillow
like flower stems after a rainstorm, I count
the stray hairs of your mustache, watch
your chest twitch and think how much I love you
when you are silent.

 
 

 
 

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