Crab Orchard Review Vol 23 No 2 October 2018

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Kara Krewer Last Name Not even the internet knows what it means, best research saying it’s a bastardization of Gruber, miner’s name, child of the pit, pig’s snout turning up the skirt of loam. Even this name gnarled, black halo under thumbnail. It has its pick, it has its squares of limestone ready for the rails. And so this body hewn, this brick shithouse for stooping. You stocky thing, you bone broth and potatoes, you frame of holy earth. My mother born a Rivers, and so she was: blond eddies, slender girl, what curves downhill. Ah, a dress of hers I found, light silk of teenhood I hoped I might

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