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Witch Wife

When the poet gets personal, asking the stranger to sit through her deep feelings about her body, her lover, her dreams and fears, the stranger makes a demand in return: only if you interest me, poet. And yes, Kiki Petrosino fully delivers on that account. She is thoughtful, eminently likable—it’s a pleasure to know her. Poet and essayist, Petrosino’s work has appeared in The New York Times, FENCE, Tin House, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry. She is the author of two other books.


You don’t share
your scones with me anymore
even though you said
I’d have all your buon
sostegno per sempre.

I don’t care
for your bakery smug.
I’m crying you out.
My tears are cold cubes
springing off my face
like cartoons.

You’re a punch
in the head. Nobody
will tell you so
but me.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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