Marybeth Rua-Larsen lives on the south coast of Massachusetts and teaches at Bristol Community College. Her poems, essays, flash fiction and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Raintown Review, Angle, Cleaver, The Poetry Bus, Crannog, Measure and Unsplendid. She won in the Poetry category for the 2011 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition in Galway, Ireland.
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To smooth the hair, to hush the lips
To squeeze the flesh below the hips
To feed the fire in small degrees
To test the strength of no and please
To seize the book, to mark the page
To slam it shut and bar the cage
To spring the bird, to melt the snow
To linger on what too few know
To smudge the ink, to white the lines
To blunt the edge and blur the signs
To skip the stone or fling it wide
To catch what falls or tries to hide
To blind the eyes, to free the will
To pull the trigger or keep still
Release date: April 16th, 2014.