Eating Grapefruit With My Beloved


The spoon's intelligent,
serrated edge. Darker the red, sweeter
the bitterness. Powdered sugar

neither of us sprinkles on
and only own because I once did not
make Emily Dickinson's coconut cake

for his birthday. Hopeful, dried
coconut still on the shelf.
How he can scour a newspaper

without speaking. How I cannot.
The way I leave him
for circumferences, traverse by knife

the whole equator
only to choose this bite, still
this one.


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Sarah Green is the author of EARTH SCIENCE (421 Atlanta, 2016), her first full-length poetry collection. Chosen as one of the Best New Poets 2012, she has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Sewanee Writers' Conference Fellowship, and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer of Creative Writing at SUNY Fredonia.