Katelyn Delvaux

White Women Eat Misogyny for Breakfast

I don’t mean we chew through it
like so much concrete chiseled

from the path, but a spoonful
each morning stirred in

to keep us regular. A helping
added to the sandbags of our bellies,

the weight locking history in place
because if we are still,

the world will churn
around its center.

Cabin Aubade

I ate a peach             one morning,
                              the juice         becoming                 rivers
until my elbows gleamed
                    with sugar       like new       freckles.

The soft fur                        halting my tongue
                    as I slurped              the meat from           its stone.

There             is a beauty      to fruit

eaten outside,                     like dying
                in your childhood
home.                               Past the porch,

          turkeys picked          their way        through woods,
                              wearing         the bald browns                    of summer.

Modest          in their somber         pecking,
                                                           thankful for the season—
                              blessed with grubs              and daylight.

I loosed                 the pit,             sailing
          through the trees                           until it landed

                               among the mossy bottom.

                                                                                          Feathers scraped bark,
                                                                                          and they were gone.

Author Portrait

Katelyn Delvaux's poetry has appeared in such publications as Split Lip, Menacing Hedge, Slice, and formercactus. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she teaches composition and literature. In between grading, she also serves on the poetry staff for Rivet. Katelyn's poems have received multiple nominations for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, while her scholarly work has earned her fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Poetry Foundation.

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