Containers / Billie Tadros

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dancing girl press, 2014

Billie R. Tadros is a doctoral student in English Literature at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a graduate of the MFA program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Her poem “Reactor” was recently chosen by Sandra Beasley for the 2012 Yellowwood Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in Barely South Review, the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and Yalobusha Review, and in the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).


Winter rain, and the prepared feed
soaks into the grain of the hickory.

Inside, there is the captive bolt pistol
and then the castrated boars hanging like Christmas
decorations, their carotids leaking.

They rest later in the wooden cask
scalded in the familiar like birth, like hunger.