Literary Orphans

This Was Never Supposed to Be About Death by Adam Gianforcaro

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But then I read

in the paper about the man

who hung himself outside

the hospital I used to go to

for therapy

 

leather slap-braceleted

around a live wood

 

rattled pink petals

 

and the reporter said nothing

of God’s rooted hands, His termite-

ridden fingernails, much less how

when the man lifted his feet, placed them

on the acne-scarred trunk

 

each stepped-on blade

stretched back toward the sky

 

sun salutations in shadow

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Adam Gianforcaro is the author of the poetry collection Morning Time in the Household, Looking Out (Aldrich Press, 2013) and children’s picture book Uma the Umbrella. His work can be found in Maudlin House, The Los Angeles Review, Poet Lore, Sundog Lit, and others.

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–Art by Marina Ćorić