Friday, February 17, 2017

Control Feast by Elizabeth Metzger

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February 17, 2017

Control Feast

Elizabeth Metzger

About This Poem


"As I was losing my dearest friend the poet Max Ritvo to cancer, I was simultaneously trying to get pregnant. The longing both to keep Max close and to have a child made me more aware, grateful, and sometimes resentful of my body's 'healthy' but involuntary functions—my physical and emotional metabolism. In 'Control Feast' my dying friend converts a moment of emptiness into the blessed fullness of wanting a baby and love for the profound friendship we would soon lose."
—Elizabeth Metzger


Elizabeth Metzger is the author of The Spirit Papers (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017). She is the poetry editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal and lives in Los Angeles, California.



Poetry by Metzger


The Spirit Papers

(University of Massachusetts Press, 2017) 

"Cachexia" by Max Ritvo


"How Can It Be I Am No Longer I" by Lucie Brock-Broido


"The Soul selects her own Society (303)" by Emily Dickinson




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