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Poem of the Week: February 25, 2019

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share a special poem from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Night Angler by Geffrey Davis—now available for pre-order in the BOA Bookstore.

A Proposal from the Previously Divorced

 —For L

This ordinary morning in the kitchen, the sky
beyond the window content with clouds—
while half-listening for the sound of you

and our child shining somewhere else in the belly
of this house, I do the dishes to the low hum
of our freshly plucked love, force my fingers

to reach the deep curve of each wine glass,
and spend a full five minutes massaging
the unrelenting corners of the cast-iron skillet

that we—for days—will ignore in soapy water.
I want these careful moments of removing
slightly spoiled meat and filmy bacteria

from the assorted plates of our former lives
to mean all the healthy years I have left—:
which I promise you, this morning and the next.


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