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I want to eat you like an orange 

peel the top layer, curled bit
by curled bit. Take chunks
from the whole circular. Taste
flesh swollen against my tongue,
juices draining the light color
off my wet lips. Taste small
pieces of you, lit against the back
of my throat. Every thick slice slides
through my mouth, leaving sweet
moisture and your heated breathing.

-- Dorina Pena


Dorina Pena received a BA in English writing at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Carlow University. She lives in Shadyside. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.


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