Alicia Jo Rabins


seed-lined ark 


mother papaya


whale belly


my little Jonah 


dear passenger


like an airplane 


I carry you


to be a woman 


is to be a wall
with a hole
to be a human
a hole with walls


even the rain 


tastes red to you
the strawberries


are over but the sun


keeps shedding


my blood doubles


to keep you 






Found In Volume 46, No. 04
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Alicia Jo Rabins
About the Author

Alicia Jo Rabins won the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her collection Divinity School. She is also a composer, musician, and Torah scholar. Alicia’s poems appear in Ploughshares,  6x6, The Boston Review, and elsewhere.  She teaches ancient Jewish texts to children and adults and performs internationally as a violinist and singer.  Alicia lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, daughter, and son.