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A MEMOIRIts eyes bulged and the scales gleamed in the sun while its body jumped and twisted and the air was too hot. "Normally their eyes don't bulge like this, and their tails usually aren't so big and flowy, it's just that they've been bred this way. These are mutated fish, really," she said. I regarded her with awe. Genius. The small meaty body flipped over and over in her hand, slapping wetly, its mouth puffing, gasping for breath. The other day some other girl wondered why it couldn't breathe in what she was breathing in so easily. At first I took no notice, it was just the way things were. There was other stuff to worry about, like swings that groaned when I swung too high and the bouncing plastic ponies and the twirly round things and climbing away everywhere. But now she stood here in front of me clutching this, and I stared at it curiously, it having all of my attention finally. I tried to remember something that I'd read somewhere, or maybe that someone had told me, that t
IowaIf you visit Iowa,
you'll call her fields empty,
but she wasn't born that way.
A part of her was carved out
when she was ripped between Virginia
and the purple mountains of New Mexico.
Her gold hair, she tore it out when she realized
it didn't make her a princess.
She laid her locks strung along every road
leading somewhere else.
White hairs on her cheeks
are scars from winter.
Her hair darkens with the dampness
of summer rains.
The storms are never silent,
but neither is life when there's a tear
in your childhood where
a parent ought to be.
I've been flooded by Iowa's sorrow.
The only way I can distract her from her own voided landscape
is if I hate myself harder than she cries.
She just wants to fly
and I want to bus or train,
not because I fear death, but because
I want to take living slow.
It's the only way I ever feel.
From the air it's hard to watch Earth's hips move.
But Earth can't compare to the country.
That's my girl.
Full grown even when harvesting season's j
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