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Robert Carr

Robert Carr

Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth (Indolent Books, 2016) and The Unbuttoned Eye (3: A Taos Press, 2019). Among other publications, his poetry appears in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Massachusetts Review and Rattle. Robert is poetry editor for Indolent Books and an editor for the anthology Bodies and Scars, published by the Ghana Writes Literary Group. Additional information can be found at robertcarr.org

Ritual Eating After Divorce


Standing over the stainless
sink I slice boiled
sugar beets

The bulb I pull through
a zipper in my chest

The juice is sweet
magenta fingers stained
like a history of lies

Heat in the boil
confusion on the plate
steam under my taped
reading glasses

I fork slices onto
a bed of greens
arrange them
in a stack as if
they're spooning

Alone in my daffodil
dining nook
I refill the well-
chewed space
behind my zippered
pocket

I long to swallow

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