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Waiting for the Wreck to Burn by Michele Battiste

Winner of the 2018 Louise Bogan Award, selected by Jeff Friedman
Michele Battiste is the author of Uprising (2014) and Ink for an Odd Cartography (2009), both from Black Lawrence Press. She is also the author of several chapbooks, most recently Left: Letters to Strangers (Grey Book Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Memorious, and Mid-American Review, among others. Michele has taught poetry workshops for Wichita State University, the Prison Arts Program in Hutchinson, KS, Gotham Writers' Workshops, and the national writing program Teen Ink. A finalist for the National Poetry Series, she has received grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, AWP, the Center for the American West, the Jerome Foundation, and the NY State Senate. She lives in Colorado where she raises money to save the planet.
Ruination

sugar any sugar, anger every anger
lover sermon lover, center no distractor

and the wine, and the beasts, and the buther's raw
stock, and the bones on the floor, gnawed to artifacts.

The Y of my body, the brace of bones beneath the belly, want
only want, a fractured skeleton. And your bed, and your belts,

and the view from your window, your shelf of bitters, your
shoulder a warship, two black beasts guarding the door.

One man said make yourself scarce. Hunger
feeds hunger, and the scraps aren't yours.