“Signs You May Have an Eating Disorder” by Barbara Daniels

15 February 2019 on Poetry   Tags: ,

White clay you chew through
before you get back to your car.
Hair. Dice that clatter

across a long table. Paper.
Paint chips. Drywall. Dirt.
Burnt matches. An herb

you touch to your lips,
thinking fennel, thinking anise,
but it is hemlock. You yank

mushrooms out of the rot
and stuff them into your mouth.
A spider spins protein into cogs

and wands. You hear gypsy moth
larvae chewing. Look, evening
like a plateful of cake.

Chocolate light, cool air.
Lightning flickers.
A possum skitters. Now

you can open your jewelry box
and take out a tipped dish
of lumpy pearls formed

in gold-lipped oysters. And
your favorites, cultured pearls
smooth and sour as lemon drops.


Barbara Daniels’ book Rose Fever was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Black Sails, Quinn & Marie, and Moon Kitchen by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, and many other journals. She received three Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Anita Wong is a contemporary American Chinese Impressionist painter. She received her B.A. (Honors) in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and her M.F.A. and M.A. in Digital Photography and Digital Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Anita currently teaches painting at UC Berkeley Extension fine art department in San Francisco, California. Find more of Anita's work on her website

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