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Published: Sat Jul 1 2006
Wosene Worke Kosrof, The Inventor V (detail), 2022, acrylic on linen. Courtesy of Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Mystery Ending With a Girl in a Field

You’ve heard it before—but listen:

_                I brought you into this world,_
_                I can take you out of it._

I know what you’re thinking.
It wouldn’t be the first time.

Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t.
Nothing’s resolved. But what does it matter?

I could pull these petals off all day,
mouthing he loves me, he loves me not.

Beth Bachmann has published poems in The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Her first book, Temper (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. (updated 6/2010)

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