The factory offered me

sawdust and a god I can’t

refute the actual body

is me and my baby and

no money in a long arc

 

*

 

My mother with prey in her

hands isn’t woman enough

for a boar his century of hair

is worth a thousand new teeth

if it catches in her machinery

 

 

 

Torch Songs
is a collaboration between poets Allyson Paty and Danniel Schoonebeek.
Allyson Paty’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Best New Poets 2012, jubilat, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. She is co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press, a fine art and poetry publisher.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, is out now from YesYes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, is also available from Poor Claudia.  His work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, Indiana Review, Guernica, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series, and edits the PEN Poetry Series. In 2015, Poor Claudia will publish his second book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre.

Photo by Photozaic, distributed under Creative Commons.

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