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by Paula Bohince

Misfit hood a sister
to the hornets’ grey mâché,
gummed seam
undid, air stiff
with ceremony, sphere
of the conjugal bed.

No sting
to this girl.  She’s doll
all through, effusions of plume,
curl, sault, swoon—
plurals spun unto
chilly readers.

Belles lettres
of these acres, poignant
as brides flown
by wagon from Slovene lakes.
Excerpt of Heaven
for the flies and swine.


Paula Bohince is the author of two poetry collections, Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods and the forthcoming The Children.  Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Yale Review, and previously in AGNI.  She has received a 2009 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 2010-2011 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.  She lives in Pennsylvania. (8/2010)

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