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  • Is There Any More of That
  • Janan Alexandra (bio)

for the ladies at Florence House

The fact of April first means nothingother than the rent check is due

& spring or not we are all tenants of snow today& I have no children under my apron nor angelsgracing my back & the women chew slowlywhile it thickens beyond the window pane

& the fact too of a hot dog without a bun& how it can decide the outcome of the daybecause so much depends on bread

iloveyou to each, iloveyou to your breadless meat& pink fleece, your fidelity to eating out of separatebeige bowls I will fill as many as you require & leaveuntouched because desire yes I love & yes I love the keysthat hang from your tender neck & the rough stumpsof whiskers that garden your mouth

& iloveyou the bags strapped across your chest yesthis armor you sway in stuffed with oranges & toothpaste& packets of sugar iloveyou the teeth who need to bite iceto crunch cold & yes you can have & yes there is more& softer still because with the need to chew comes trouble

all the while thankyou perforates the inside of my cheek& my eyes blink themselves hot & double because whenyou tell me the burned bits / he's dead now / the fatty cuts /the soup with a base of milk & butter / just like my mama [End Page 14] is there any more of that / I can only ever say yes of course& leave iloveyou to fatten in my hands. [End Page 15]

Janan Alexandra

Janan Alexandra is a Lebanese-American poet and MFA candidate at Indiana University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Janan has taught creative writing to youth for several years and currently works as Associate Director of the Iowa University Writers' Conference. You can find her work in The Adroit Journal, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab-America, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere.



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