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Amy Eisner teaches creative writing and literature at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is a graduate of Harvard University and The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her poems have appeared in Failbetter, Fence, and Washington Square, among others, and are forthcoming in American Literary Review, The Journal, The Louisville Review, poemmemoirstory, and The Spoon River Poetry Review.

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Deep in the story the baskets of flowers
are masks of rebellion biding their time.
Put your hands together to make a prow.
Now air is water, water, ocean, ocean,
crossed. At landfall the ground is soft.
Mango and breadfruit lie in the sand.
Everywhere! You cannot help but step
into flesh. Ages of fallen fruit
thud into place when you do.

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