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Maggie Rosen

The Sandwich – A Poem by Maggie Rosen

The Sandwich
by Maggie Rosen

I ask my daughter if she likes
her peanut butter sandwich.
She says, “kindof,”
which, it turns out,
means “my throat is swelling
and hives are marching across my chest.”

I remember a copperhead grazing my shin in a stream.
One time I leaned on grass
to reach a tennis ball
and the yellow jackets inflamed my hand.
A black widow spider lived
quietly, alone
under a stool at the nursery playground.

Now I carry antidote
for my daughter’s venom, poised at all times
to stab her to save her.
This river will bathe her
in breaths, or send her down.
The eye of this needle
zooms in on the point of my life and hers,
cinched between antibody and antigen,
I do not like this sandwich.

 

 

About the Poet:  Maggie Rosen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her poems have been published in Little Patuxent Review, Waccamaw, Cider Press Review, RiverLit, Blood Lotus, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Barely South, and Conclave, among other publications. Her chapbook, The Deliberate Speed of Ghosts, was published in 2016 by Red Bird Chapbooks. See more at maggierosen.com

Best of the Net Nominations – 2016

Poetry Breakfast would like to congratulate the following poets.  Though it was difficult for us to choose only six poems to nominate for the Best of the Net Award, we narrowed it down to these:

Birthday Present by Joan McNerney

By the Time I Got to Dublin by Carter Vance

Gray River by Patricia Biela

Jazz Kahuna by Max Reif

Knots by Nate Maye

The Problem with California by Maggie Rosen

 

Congratulations!

 

Photo by Benjamin Balazs.

The Kidnapping – A Poem by Maggie Rosen

The Kidnapping

Last year she was in El Salvador.
Somehow she is here.

The teacher says she is Persephone.
She has flowers.

She is wrapped in a sheet

and she is not uncomfortable
with saying or being
in Hell.

The sheet tangles, her hair woven, fused to the flowers.

I hold up a fruit laden with seeds
encased in thick syrup.

I explain that if you eat you have to stay,
but only six months here
and six months there.

Now she is shocked.
The idea ricochets

as she contemplates borders passed,
bargains, anger, fatigue,
violation,
a cycle of eating and failure,
picking yourself up
and more falling.

It was hard enough just to get here.

 

 

About the Poet:
Maggie Rosen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Most of her professional work has been as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. Her chapbook, The Deliberate Speed of Ghosts, will be published in 2016 by Red Bird Chapbooks.

 

 

Photo by Susanne Dicke.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

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The Problem with California – A Poem by Maggie Rosen

The Problem with California

An almond tree in the yard:
this is the only needed sign that you are
not where you should be.

The letters home to Orangeburg cannot describe pulling
the casings from trees,
+++++++ cracking open
the hulls of ships that hold scent
and omen.

The fog seeps through the clouds every morning
a reminder that you are not going to stay

that no one is,
eventually we will all
suffocate, crack,
+++++++ and drop off.

He was starving, you said, that’s why you switched
from breast to bottle.

There was never enough,
so you sucked a cigarette and pushed the carriage
and prayed for deliverance.

And yet

another baby.
That was me.

Almonds and lemons all year long,
any time you wanted,

such an incredible mess.

 

 

About the Poet:
Maggie Rosen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Most of her professional work has been as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. Her chapbook, The Deliberate Speed of Ghosts, will be published in 2016 by Red Bird Chapbooks.

 

 

Photo by Fernando Espi.

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

 

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