Inheritance

for Mason


eye
glances
a baseball
careening a
foul
who knew
I’d find
a pitch
whose Jew-
ishness purged by
conversion—an inflected
echo—whose
arm replicates the arc
a throw
a fast pitch
over home
returning
to field
the mecca
the body part
of it
the placeness of this
place copied
across chromosomes
the strands
lined up im-
perfect order


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Marie Landau is a poet and editor living in Albuquerque, NM. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in District Lit, Gravel, Gramma, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, SOFTBLOW, and elsewhere. She can be found on the web at marielandau.com.