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Looking Down
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This year the town blooms brackish
and buildings crack with salt. I think
I’d sink in an estuary I could swallow
now I know that home
is where the lizards frill
for their diamond ladies
and that trees can shed their snakes
when they get full. But won’t an ordinary hull
get thin and rusty? Won’t the sunlight bend
our backs and slit our eyes? We all live, I guess,
with our decisions. I came to the city
like a clamshell tired of closing.
I looked for you like a mangrove
claws below the tide.

Mary Block  

Mary Block is a graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, where she earned her MFA in poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conduit, Weave, Saw Palm, and Why I Am Not A Painter (an anthology from Argos Books), among other publications. She was a 2012 finalist for a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their dog. www.maryblock.net

Copyright © 2014 University of Tampa Press
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Mary Block. "Looking Down." Tampa Review 47.1 (2014): 48-48. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Block, M.(2014). Looking Down. Tampa Review 47(1), 48. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Mary Block. "Looking Down." Tampa Review 47, no. 1 (2014): 48-48. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
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PB - University of Tampa Press
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