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Natalie Shapero

I keep picking up the book about trauma and recovery, but right
when I get to the end of section one, the door rings, the dog pukes,
the heater blows, fraud alert, tornado drill, get out
here fast, you gotta see this truck that ignored the height sign
on the underpass and now it’s lodged like an overlarge pill
in the throat of the off-ramp, tangling the city where I poison
myself with the past, cough it up, cough it up –


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Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Popular Longing. She teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

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