Caroline Brooke Morrell's work has appeared in Sentence, Conjunctions, Black Clock, Connecticut Review, Court Green, Arabesques Review, Spinning Jenny, Artful Dodge, Mid-American Review, and Oxford Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. She is a recipient of the AOP Fellowship for Doctoral Studies, Devine Fellowship for Poetry (Larissa Szporluk judging), Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for Poetry, and the Cora Owlett Latzer Award from The Academy of American Poets.
Did your ma aha you in your white white suit?
Did ma shove your chin and sing rickaticktick?
And if you rattled along, windpipe pressing you
like a soft, white tooth
there were more verses to be learned
Beneath these footsteps the rail is abundant
rose paws sleep in gully violets,
clay and hornet turn sensitive shapes
Going going going out to the farm, Jack’s store, back to the valley, the gully, the milk house, the barn hill, down to the Boswells, the orchard, up to the house
your back pocket risking with crickets
permission like a soft, white tooth.
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