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  You could have a big dipper   

Beyond the house is the lonely ledge by Cat Dixon

Beyond the house is the lonely ledge

open to cornfield after cornfield.

Jumper (yes, you) tempted, balled fists,

affixed to the dirt like a cornstalk—

corn that will require a sharp

knife for the daughter has braces.

How do you expect her to eat it

on the cob? Why do all your meals

require perfect teeth? What are you doing

standing there, back to the wind, with such

elongated arms and legs that flop/flick

mimicking those tube men at car dealerships?

All corn must be harvested—

never mind the hour or the puddles of blood.


Cat Dixon (she/her) is the author of Eva and Too Heavy to Carry (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2016, 2014) and the chapbook, Table for Two (Poet's Haven, 2019). Recent poems have appeared in LandLocked, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Abyss & Apex. She is a poetry editor at The Good Life Review. She tweets @DixonCat.

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