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she buried her father

three weeks ago – thereabout. tells us

with pride that she shouldered the coffin

because someone should do it

and her brother was crying. next to the boss 

she is the least popular

in the office, or perhaps

the most frightening 

gets more to the point. 

she is brutal and witty

and tends to like men 

more than women – she likes me, and so 

I like her. getting up to get coffee

she tells all who're present the story

and does a good impression 

of her brother with wrists: 

the choking "I can't"

with a face as if grief 

were a weakness. it isn't, of course – 

but I think it might be 

if it means someone else 

has to carry the body.


Headshot of poet Elisabeth Murawski
DS Maolalai

DS Maolalai has been described by one editor as "a cosmopolitan poet" and another as "prolific, bordering on incontinent". His work has nominated twelve times for Best of the Net, ten for the Pushcart and once for the Forward Prize, and has been released in three collections: "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019), and “Noble Rot” (Turas Press, 2022)


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