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How the Sunflower Practices a Distancing

Fortifying her core, she sips a poverty of water,
muting the fresh-corn brilliance of her body
with white curtains. She awaits a joy bobbin
to hover at her concentric breast. She knows
a scarred Saturday implies renewal.
Instincts tell her: wait, respire, listen.
Turning her face skyward, she takes
her mother's gifts: rain, the hum of bees.


Biography
Maria S. Picone has an MFA from Goddard College. She’s interested in
cultural issues, identity, and memory. As a Korean adoptee in an Italian
American family and a New Englander, her obsessions with noodles,
seafood, and the ocean are hardly her fault. Her poetry appears in
Homestead Review, Ariel Chart, Headline Poetry, and Route 7 Review.
She has publications forthcoming from
Vox Viola, Mineral Lit Mag, the
Magnolia Review, and Nine Muses Poetry.

www.mariaspicone.com
Twitter: @mspicone

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Previously published in
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Published April 20, 2020

45 Poems of Protest: The Pandemic

How the Sunflower Practices a Distancing

by Maria Picone
(Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA)
45 Poems of Protest: "How the Sunflower Practices a Distancing" by Maria Picone
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