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Would you mind less or more the trout’s
coughed-up shrimp and two hemispheres
of yellow roe in the split belly if you ate
at earth’s common table knowing beak and knowing claw,
the spread cloth inwrought with evening
embroideries of pink and darkening light dropped
with blood? Would you swear by the sweetness
of each morsel, or complain of the sickness
of wood and ocean, the squelched appetite?

Carol Frost has published eleven books of poems, most recently Honeycomb, which won the 2010 Florida Book Award. Trilogy is forthcoming in 2014 from Tupelo Press. She is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Professor of English at Rollins College.