Flesh & Rock & Hunger

Bring on the grace

Of knife-fighting

For kindness, grace

Of the dash-

Board battered face, grace

Of the ascending,

Grace of the fire-pocked

Piano, grace of silence

Baked in the desert,

Grace of a consolation

Prize nestled in the trash,

Grace of sensory

Deprivation, sensory over-

Load, grace of barking

Dogs out there somewhere, graceful

Favors, of borrowing

A cup of sugar—what’s never

Coming, this payback. Let us

Have it, wholly. We’re opened.

Feed us.

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Alex Lemon

About the Author

Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir, and the poetry collections Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout and Fancy Beasts. A book of essays and a new poetry collection are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Huffington Post, Best American Poetry 2008, Satellite Convulsions, Tin House, Kenyon Review, AGNI, The Southern Review and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is a frequent book reviewer for the Dallas Morning News. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, and teaches at TCU. He is www.alexlemon.com and tweets as @Alxlemon.
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