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"Bananas" by Robert Fillman

No matter where they are,

on a kitchen counter,


paper plate, or a bowl,

they find a way toward


love, spooning in bunches,

growing old together,


their bodies getting spots

as they soften, swollen


from neck to tip, waiting

to be picked up, the slight


curvature of their lives,

as in parentheses


that are always open,

tender hooks made of flesh.





Robert Fillman is the author of House Bird (Terrapin Books, 2022) and the chapbook November Weather Spell (Main Street Rag, 2019). He has received prizes from Sheila-Na-Gig online, Third Wednesday, and The Twin Bill for select poems. He has been a finalist for the Cider Press Review Book Award, the Gerald Cable Book Award, the Sandy Crimmins Prize in Poetry, and the Ron Rash Award in Poetry.

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