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by Gayle Brandeis

(13c): a candy consisting of a piece
of fruit, a root (as licorice), a nut, or
a seed coated and preserved with sugar

I want to roll you
in sugar. I want
you crusted sweet.
I want the grains
to pack into the curl
of your ear, glitter
from your eyelashes,
fill your bellybutton
like lint. I want to coat
each of your limbs
with a second sucrose skin.
I want to preserve each
honeyed inch of you.
I want to love you
until my teeth ache.

©1999 by Gayle Brandeis

Gayle Brandeis recently completed a body awareness guide for women writers, Fruitflesh: Living and Writing in a Woman's Body. Her writing awards include the 1998 Quality Paperback Book Club/Story Magazine Short Story Award and a 1999 grant for her novel-in-progress from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.




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