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Poem for Quicksand

Poetry Catherine Pierce

O you gorgeous torture, you slow-mo sadist,
you taught me all I knew about breathlessness.

You sucked the air from the room each time
cartoons zoomed to you. You sucked the air

from me. The secret of you, the lying-in-wait
of you, the no-one-safe of you. Quicksand,

I wanted things, too. I was a  [...]

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Issue 25



Winter 2017


Catherine Pierce is the author of three books, most recently The Tornado Is the World (Saturnalia). She codirects the creative writing program at Mississippi State University


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