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At First

by Elizabeth Rees


Dressing my body
to see you—spiraling:
breath and sea skitter by.
Wind knocks at the window,
stamping hooves, making fun.
October’s the month to marry.

Without a skip in the beat,
I feel my heart behind
my breasts, close, closer.
I am spinning, spinning
when the doorbell rings,
then down three flights

a whorl of speed whirling
through the vanished door.

Elizabeth Rees is the author of Every Root a Branch (2014) and three award-winning chapbooks, most recently Tilting Gravity. Her poems have appeared in The Partisan Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. (3/2016)


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