• Against Stoicism

    Anna Lena Phillips Bell

    Fall 2019

    An itch, untouched,
    will twitch and wail

    till an answering scratch
    unhitches hell.

    A tempered squeal
    can conjure oil.

    Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize. Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Quarterly West, the Arkansas International, and the Southern Review.

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