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Blooms of hooded monks 
with albino roots, 
a vow of silence 
as the nerves go cold. 

What else can I say 
to warn you? 

Seven decades ago, Nazis
used its poison to 
make bullets.

How something so soft 
and blue can be so 
deadly. How like his eyes
as he handed you 
a wild bouquet.












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as in the fields, the ergot 
corpuscles the barley, 
cysts the rye.

They don’t know, they
don’t know, they don’t

as they harvest the spores, 
bake the poison 
into loaves.

They don’t know, they
don’t know, they don’t

as their girls seize and
writhe, speak in syllables 
unsanctioned by God.

They don’t know, they
don’t know, they don’t

and they accuse from
their confusion, no 
denouement but the devil.

They don’t know, they
don’t know, they don’t

so hunger breeds 
suspicion, and they make 
witches from bread.

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 D O N N A   V O R R E Y E R

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013) as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Encantado, a collaboration with artist Matt Kish from Redbird Chapbooks and Tinder, Smolder, Bones, and Snow, forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2016. She serves as the reviews editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection and teaches middle school in the Chicago suburbs.

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