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Erica Miriam Fabri

Erica Miriam Fabri is a poet and performer, and the author of Dialect of a Skirt. She performs solo, and as the hybrid music and poetry duo "The Robin & the Lady Poet". She teaches writing and performance workshops at various colleges and universities. She lives in the bright, shiny and beautiful land of New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

Fish

 

 

The man you love is cooking fish in the kitchen

while you are polishing his shiniest shoes.

 

Black shoe polish has gotten inside every one

of the lines in your hands.

 

When he calls you to the table for dinner,

you see that he has crafted the fish

into a sculpture of you.

 

There’s a ripe wedge of tomato for your mouth

and you are dressed in a basil-leaf skirt.

 

I can’t do it, you say.

Do what? he asks.

Eat myself.

 

He kisses the front and back of your hands

again and again, until his lips are black and shiny.

 

I’ll help you, he whispers.

We’ll feed each other.

Let’s start slow,

with your toes.

 

 

©2012 Erica Miriam Fabri

 

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