by Lisa Sweet; for more information, visit

by Lisa Sweet; for more information, visit


by Sarah Fawn Montgomery

If like a starfish
I could wrap my stomach
around things I desire,
pull things I long to taste,
things I envy or want to love—
the pang you send through me—
into the center of my body,
right near my heart, enfold,
envelope them until they digest,
without the effort of chewing,
the unpleasant sound we make
as we gnash and gnaw,
I would feed on a coconut
and wiry shell,
a loaf of yeasty bread,
all crust and steam,
absorb the sharp armor
of a pineapple,
and a whole watermelon,
just wrap my five arms around
and pull, embrace, power and pressure
to make the breakdown easier.
And I’d ingest the dinner
left out when you don’t come home,
the gulf of silence between us,
wrap myself around your body
turned from mine in bed
and pull you in, into me.
I’d ingest the cool mirror
reflecting my pinched face
back at me, your indifference.
I’d pull the world into myself,
engulf, feel it wither and wilt,
give way, suck at the sweet mash
satisfied, satiated at last,
spit out the shell or shining seeds,
my regret, the brittle bone of you,
before I hold my arms out
to consume again.

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About Sarah Fawn Montgomery

Sarah Fawn Montgomery holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from California State University-Fresno, and is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has served as Prairie Schooner’s Assistant Nonfiction Editor for several years.  Her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays and her poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in various magazines including Confrontation, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Fugue, Georgetown Review, The Los Angeles Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Pinch, Puerto del Sol, Zone 3 and others.

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