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Elisabeth Murawski


What tiny scissors did she use,

what steady hand with surgeon's nerve

to so effectively remove

the bridegroom's head? The photo shows


a bride who's made her bed, the gown

and veil traditional, the smile

a clue she'd walk the second mile

for him, Ruth in alien corn.


Unholy moon, the hole stares back,

a no, an oh, an empty purse,

a zero brazen as a hearse,

the howl of Munch, insomniac.


—from Tar River Poetry 52.2 (Spring 2013). Elisabeth Murawski is the author of two chapbooks and two full-length collections: Moon and Mercury and Zorba's Daughter, which won the 2012 May Swenson Poetry Award.