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Bone Love

Bone Love

By Malcolm Glass

Ankle bones, elbows,
and knees. The corners
of your geography.

I never think of
loving these rocks
and hard places,

mapping the angular
edges of your body,
never think to polish

these stones with
the palm of my hand. Perhaps
I do not want you

solid, cool as bone:
Your skeleton rises
to meet me. And ankle

bones elbows and knees
pull me inland
to the sea.

Prairie Schooner, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Spring 1974), p. 59


Malcolm Glass

Malcolm Glass's first book of poems was Bone Love (UP of Florida). Additionally, he is the author of the collection In the Shadow of the Gourd (New Rivers P) and four chapbooks, including Malcolm Glass: Greatest Hits, 1960-2000 (Puddinghouse P). For many years he directed the writing program of the Center for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Professor Award, the Richard Hawkins Award for Creative Achievement, the Stetson University Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

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