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I, DIET

By Anna Maria Hong

out of this world & out of time & out

of love & out of mind & out of the

pan & out of butter, out of anger

& out of mother, out of the cradle


& out of pocket, out of space & out

of cash & out of change & out of sight

& out of range & force of habit

& out of oil & out of whack & out


of water & Damascus, out of courtesy

& out of shock & out of duty

& out of turn & out of tune & out of line


& out of the ground & out of his gourd

& out of all the possible solutions,

out of the ashes & conviction

Added: Friday, April 29, 2016  /  Previously in "The Nation" (March 5, 2014). Used with permission.
Anna Maria Hong

Anna Maria Hong is the Visiting Creative Writer at Ursinus College and was a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The winner of Poetry’s 2013 Frederick Bock Prize, she has stories and poems appearing recently in The Nation, The Iowa Review, Dusie, Mandorla, Harvard Review, Southwest Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Green Mountains Review, Drunken Boat, Fence, Conduit, Unsplendid, Best New Poets, and The Best American Poetry. Her chapbook Hello, virtuoso! was published by the Belladonna* Collaborative. She is a Contributing Editor at The Offing and teaches creative writing at Ursinus College, UPenn, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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