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Country

in U.S. by

Mine 

is made

of glass

and

glass

I’ve learned

can be

placed

in the mouth

can move

through

the body

if chewed

carefully

enough —

small

repetitions of

breaking

a thing

down

to dust

my country

until now

I have

loved you

enough

to swallow

— for Charlottesville

 


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Nico Amador is a poet, community organizer, and educator living in Vermont by way of San Diego and Philadelphia.  He is co-editor of Thread Makes Blanket Press,and a recent alumni of the Home School and the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. His first chapbook, “Flower Wars” won the 2016 Gloria Anzaldua Poetry Prize.