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Biting The Rind

Detail from the book cover to A Wife is a Hope Chest, (Courtesy of the poet).

"My business is words. Words are like labels,

or coins, or better, like swarming bees.

I confess I am only broken by the sources of things;

as if words were counted like dead bees in the attic,

unbuckled from their yellow eyes and their dry wings.

I must always forget how one word is able to pick

out another, to matter another, until I have got

something I might have said . . .

but did not."

-Anne Sexton, from “Said the Poet to the Analyst,” To Bedlam and Part Way Back

Christine Brandel is a writer and photographer. Her poetry collection A Wife is a Hope Chest was published by Brain Mill Press in 2017. She writes a column on comedy, teaches writing at Ivy Tech Community College, and is also a hospice volunteer.

Christine reads "Biting the Rind," "The Worst Thing in the World That Could Have Happened," "The Beauty of Love," and "A Wife is a Hope Chest."

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