Jan/Feb 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 1 Poetry |

Vocation

. . . I was saying I am terrified of swallowing an avocado pit, of having this big world growing inside me, of giving birth to a vocalization that would eat me, of choking on my own words that, once uttered, would commend me to the compost, hence my silence, even as I speak, so nothing grows.

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Mary Ruefle is the author of the forthcoming book Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007).

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