A. E. Stallings

Winter 2017

It starts with a hunch:
watching her scratch unthinking-
ly behind her ear.

You loosen a hitch
along a hair’s burnished shaft—
it’s just as you fear:

now you’re picking nits
with a fine-toothed comb no less,
lousy metaphor.

A. E. Stallings's most recent collection is Olives (2012). She is a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and lives in Athens, Greece.

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