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Sharing an Artichoke
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for SG

You boil the little armadillo.
We watch the water bubbling
from clear to green, then slice

in half—oh fearful symmetry!
Such terrifying design, bristling
with a painful vanity:

who would have thought it edible?
We unfold it leaf by leaf,
dip each in lemon butter,

scrape it clean across our teeth.
Layer by layer, we near the center—
the delectable, devouring heart.

G. F. Boyer  

G. F. Boyer's poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, and The Seattle Review. She has received an Academy of American Poets prize and Poetry Northwest's Theodore Roethke Prize. She currently teaches creative writing at Dickinson College and works as a technical writer.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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G. F. Boyer. "Sharing an Artichoke." Southern Review 49.3 (2013): 349-349. Project MUSE. Web. 18 Jul. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Boyer, G. F.(2013). Sharing an Artichoke. Southern Review 49(3), 349. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved July 18, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
G. F. Boyer. "Sharing an Artichoke." Southern Review 49, no. 3 (2013): 349-349. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 18, 2013).
T1 - Sharing an Artichoke
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JF - Southern Review
VL - 49
IS - 3
SP - 349
EP - 349
PY - 2013
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v049/49.3.boyer.html
N1 - Volume 49, Number 3, Summer 2013
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