When she feigned appetite,

Rolled cherry tomatoes ’round,

Picked at the arugula, giraffe
Meat, pushed
The otter heads to form
A centerpiece, I knew
She was mourning
Her mother.


Josh A. Brewer’s writing appears in Natural BridgeSoutheast Rev.; RHINOYemassee; Poetry Quarterly; Booth; Poets Against WarCommon Ground Rev.; Sargasso, and a publication of the Modern Languages Association.  He’s an associate professor of English at Ivy Tech, Lafayette, and he has taught at Purdue University, University of South Carolina, Tennessee State, Aquinas College, and the University of Miami.