Sept/Oct 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 5 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeSeptember 1, 2020 |

Meat

Runner-up2020 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers In the morning, my daughter eats rice porridgewith hawthorn berries and smiles over knuckles plump, unsplit by teeth. She is powdered sugarand colored soft red, flesh pulpy against blushing light. She is unstoppable in her certainty. When I amwatching, she clots jasmine milk with her skin and swallows tangerines whole, the sound of her breatha blank loveliness to be pampered.            I was once told that a daughter           manifests as a slice of her mother’s meat. Someday, I find gardens in her bed, bloody tissuesgrown dahlias; bathtub sick with eyelashes, writhing and swarming. I pluck folded notes from the pocketsof her jeans, overripe with lines of cursive, scratched out and rewritten again and again; and then I know whatit means. Maybe I’ll study the feverish spirals of her

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Annie Cao is a student at Prospect Ridge Academy in Broomfield, Colorado. She has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Ringling College, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Hunger Mountain and the Apprentice Writer.

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