The Book of Am

by Katie Manning

           all that remains of Micah

I am like
ashamed
mouths
that
crave
blood

they hunt
with
skilled
bribes

do not trust
words
that
enemies
will hear

the best
God
lives by itself in a forest
but
visits you
like a neighbor

Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and four chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. Her poems have appeared in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and many journals and anthologies. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.

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