Marc Alan Di Martino
Its tilted presence suggests time's wilting,
the way it sits defiantly on a plate,
dares you to sink your knife into its hide,
pick it to pieces. Love is like this:
an armored, fragile thing with red-hot core,
exacting patience. Our hands are bloody with it.
Marc Alan Di Martino is a Pushcart-nominated poet, translator, and author of the collections Still Life with City (Pski's Porch, 2022) and Unburial (Kelsay, 2019). His work appears in Ligeia, Palette Poetry, Rattle, Rust + Moth, Tinderbox, and many other journals and anthologies. Currently a poetry editor for the Baltimore Review, he lives in Italy.