Poem Author: Alicia Ostriker

A Prisoner

by Alicia Ostriker: The chickadee inside my / chest, next to my heart / imprisoned, but singing

The Husband

When he is deep inside her suddenly she sees what he is doing: he is like a man in a mineshaft clay walls wet, tracks fading into the distance he carries a weak flashlight peers forward What is he doing? Is he afraid of snakes? No, he is seeing the other man, the rival, the …

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