Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 Poetry |

I Belong to this Cold 

The Kenyon Review · "I Belong to This Cold" & "After Leaving the Body House" by Kim Garcia A branch shivering in its thin xylem coat, spill of ink against the sunrise. Already the barnacled snouts of bud are gathered at the knuckles, inflammation threatening to burst with yellow-green leaf where the sun lingers. Now is my time to know my own bones, before it’s too late, to sand them down in windblast and ice, to lay them out and grieve if I must, or turn the long thigh bone in its hip and read again what time has done, what cold will do.

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Kim Garcia is the author of The Brighter House (White Pine Press, 2016), DRONE (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), Madonna Magdalene (Turning Point Books, 2016), and a chapbook, Tales of the Sisters (Sow’s Ear Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Garcia teaches creative writing at Boston College.

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