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The Dream Reader

by Margaret Bashaar

Issue 6 :: Summer 2010 (poetry)

She is all gentleness when she slits the throats of rabbits,
fur warm in her hands. She cuts them open at the belly
to finger the last flutters of their bodies.

It's a surefire way to cure sickness, to make your breath
smell of lavender. There is softness in the crease of her palm,
and seed pearls are in her eyes.


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"The Dream Reader" is roughly 233 words.

Margaret Bashaar's work has appeared in or is forthcoming from such journals as The Pedestal Magazine, Caketrain, So to Speak, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others. Her work is also forthcoming in the anthology Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25 edited by Naomi Shihab Nye. She edits the journal Weave Magazine, co-hosts the poetry cabaret The TypewriterGirls, curates the Pittsburgh poetry calendar, and writes reviews for Weave Magazine and the MultiCultural Review. She can be reached at