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June 6, 2024 
 

Jersey

JoAnne McFarland

He tells me he’s a parolee looking for a good
woman but he’s been bad so bad trapped
in a sheet of ice wrapping the meat in
paper shudders I shouldn’t be eating red
meat with my hypertension and high cholesterol
the steaming calf
He says he’s been out six months but still
it’s hard you know how it is the wrong people
their bright ideas attempts to rise his bloody
apron a recipe buckles and
gives me an extra pound

Copyright © 2024 by JoAnne McFarland. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 6, 2024, by the Academy of American Poets. 

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“Our ferocious desires can be lethal for ourselves and others; and yet, this knowledge doesn’t at all diminish our lust. I think a lot about the connections between violence and appetite. Learning to manage one’s appetite is a lifelong practice.”
—JoAnne McFarland

JoAnne McFarland

JoAnne McFarland is an artist, poet, and curator. She is the author of A Domestic Lookbook (Grid Books, 2024) and American Graphic (Green Linden Press, 2024). A recipient of the 2024 Wishing Jewel Prize for poetic innovation, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

A Domestic Lookbook

A Domestic Lookbook
(Grid Books, 2024)

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