Nov/Dec 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 6 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeNovember 1, 2016 |

Death Uses a Lot of Laundry Detergent

Winner 2016 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Let's say Death is a person, because it makes me feel better to think of Death this way. Death as a person doing normal person things, like laundry or feeding the dog. When Death feeds the dog, it overfeeds the dog. This is because Death has an affinity for dogs. When Death feeds the dog, it talks to the dog. Not with its tongue but with its hands, hands being the most canine part of a person. Full of hackles and barking all the time. For silly things, like laundry. Death gathers the laundry to its chest in order to feel warm. Maybe uses too much detergent, smells like soap for a week. I like to think of Death as something warm that uses detergent. Death smelling like soap at work. Death smelling like soap in bed. The lover pressing its face into Deaths shirt, saying Death you smell like soap did you use too much detergent? Death and the lover at Christmas dinner, the family examining the lover and tearing pieces of turke

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Alyssa Mazzoli lives in Greenville, South Carolina. For the past year, she has been the assistant nonfiction editor of Crashtest magazine. Her work has been recognized on a regional level by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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