Instructions for S

Fritz Ward

Startle the winter bees
and wake the coffined

angels. Carve her name
into the first fallen tree

and call it elegy.
But don’t pray.

Make a prairie
with the violence

of all those freshly cut
flowers. Disguise

yourself. Climb in.
She was hymn

and hive and raw honey.
She could have killed

our child.

About the Work

Fritz Ward

Fritz Ward’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in American Letters & CommentaryGulf CoastDIAGRAMThe Journal, Hotel Amerika, and Blackbird. His manuscript, Dearest Cannibal, has been a finalist for the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award, The National Poetry Series Open Competition, the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry, and several other contests. He is the author of the poetry chapbook, Doppelgänged (Blue Hour Press, 2011). He lives just outside of Philadelphia and works at Swarthmore College.

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