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The Intimacy of Spoons

From: Appalachian Heritage
Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
p. 83 | 10.1353/aph.2014.0031

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Knives with serrated edges, their solid singularity
and sureness of purpose;

Forks too with fang teeth
and slots of air,
their habit of piercing—

Neither will ever know
the intimacy of spoons.

How they hold each other—
knees cupped, thighs touching,

the long curve of spine
soft against belly and chest,

the nuzzled narrow neck,
this ladle of bodies.

Slowly your breathing softens, falls
into that space of sleep

where you twitch in dreams
and I hold on.

Jim Minick  

Jim Minick is the author of four books, most recently The Blueberry Years, winner of the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year from Southern Independent Booksellers Association. He teaches at Converse College and is the Fred Chappell Fellow at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he is pursuing an MFA.

Copyright © 2014 Berea College
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