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Once a week natives visit us onshore,
red kernels mounding in their fingers,

small seeds they drive into the ground
with one thumb until they sprout up green again.

I try to capture them, pen the men
onto parchment, but each entry feels vaguer

than the last. Yesterday, I trapped a fish
and skinned it whole. No time here to blade

the body down, bones burring the catch
even as it blisters in fire. When we eat we pick

them carefully, the little needles that cut
against sweet pink flesh.

Kara van de Graaf  

Kara van de Graaf is a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Mid-American Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She is a poetry editor for cream city review.

Copyright © 2014 Louisiana State University Press
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Kara van de Graaf. "Manifest." Southern Review 50.2 (2014): 327-327. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Graaf, K.(2014). Manifest. Southern Review 50(2), 327. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Kara van de Graaf. "Manifest." Southern Review 50, no. 2 (2014): 327-327. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
T1 - Manifest
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JF - Southern Review
VL - 50
IS - 2
SP - 327
EP - 327
PY - 2014
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v050/50.2.van-de-graaf.html
N1 - Volume 50, Number 2, Spring 2014
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