What Is Sacred
by M. Nasorri Pavone

While reading I rub an eraser
over the fingerprints and smears.
My nail picks at a tick of broccoli,
still green.  Will I turn the page to find...
Blood?  Garlic?  Used toothpick
cradled in the book’s crease?
People eat.  People eat and read.
The library affords me the act
of taking many poets to bed, my thighs
purring against hard, little book-backs.
But I won’t break bread
over the borrowed.
I’ll leak and crust on the ephemeral,
the daily, the periodical.
My napkins should be
the narratives of wallow
and domination, those toxics,
for the destiny of fish wrap
is that of the food scrap and pizza box:
to be taken in and expelled,
as we slobber on , chronic, bossy.
Now this  book? It can last.  
We will keep it  
Packingtown Review – Vol.6, Winter 2014/2015

M. Nasorri Pavone’s poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, River Styx, New Letters, Harpur Palate, The Midwest Quarterly, DMQ Review, La Fovea, Quiddity and elsewhere. She also writes plays. Her latest, Feeding Time celebrated its world premiere at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and lives in Venice, California.

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