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"Sunlight bends and breaks"

Published onMay 07, 2023

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten:

after John Freeman

 A black-headed grosbeak
chitters from the makeshift

 shelter of our glass table.
Sunlight bends and breaks

 against the dewy surface
as the still wet lips of grass

 dampen our sandaled feet.
He’s been separated from

 his family, you tell me. His
mother watches like a sniper

 waiting to pull the trigger
on his extraction. Let’s go in,

 you say, your hand
grazing my abdomen.

 She won’t expose herself
to the danger we present.

Brandon McQuade was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He earned his B.A. from the University of New Brunswick Saint John and his M. Phil in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin. For a selection of poems from his second collection, Bodies, he was the recipient of the 2022 Neltje Blanchan Memorial Writing Award. He lives in Northern Wyoming with his wife and their children.

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