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Look Here, Beautiful
by Isaac Pressnell
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At breakfast, George and I discuss
how yogurt is alive.  And yes, constantly
living things go into and out of
our bodies, but the cultures foreground this
because it is calculated and crucial
to the Yoplait experience.  Yesterday,
my sister called to tell me she’s pregnant.
I thought I am alone, thought
shut the fuck up and was warmly happy.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is in a state
of unease, pregnant with democratic insurgents,
which is not important to me in any
meaningful capacity, though I wonder
how my sister would operate on the global stage
if she, too, had alternate names.  There is nothing
to make of it except that everyone wants
to eat each other and be full of captive life.
I’m telling you this because we were once
intimate, symbiotic, before this gradual drift
away from the same days (the zygote splits).
Because other traumatizing things will happen to me
and I won’t tell you about them and I wanted
at least once more to be full and sick and lovely
in the empty stomach of your gaze.


Isaac Pressnell currently lives in Keyser, WV where he teaches English at Potomac State College.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tar River Poetry, Ninth Letter, DIAGRAM, and Bravado.
   
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Dan DiStasio 6.24.2009
I love the last line.... and the way the poem moves effortlessly along connecting dots that are not at first apparent.
Bluntmaster 6.24.2009
odd.
tar 7.3.2009
aahhhh....
Beth 9.11.2009
This is the shit.
dickface14 12.18.2009
Hellz to the yeah this is some crazy shit man trippin ballz i love yogurt
 
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