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Mary Buchinger In the Heart of the Small Between cars in the parking lot I find the bottom two-thirds of a dove’s white eggshell part-filled with morning’s rain Against the inside edge I see a greyish swirl— knots of attachment called the chalazae A translucent sheath holds the ivory shell more or less intact fragments dislodged here and there fallen away leaving jagged cloudy windows I trace a circle of cracks where a beak might have first tried out itself as a tool— what did that feel like? the movement of the neck urgent burgeoning strength tested as it pecked at what held it What I hold is only one part of the whole— 108

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Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019  

The Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019 issue spotlights superb poetry and prose by brilliant contributors from around the globe. Enjoy 2...

Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019  

The Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019 issue spotlights superb poetry and prose by brilliant contributors from around the globe. Enjoy 2...