I Know I am Dazzled by a Strong Sense of Power by Maria Fernanda Snellings

[A zuihitsu]

                
So, I guess, I’ll shave my legs. 

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Host-parasite manipulation or Crib:
A female wasp punctures a female ladybug at her belly
to paralyze her and to implant an egg. The wasp larva feasts
on the ladybug’s abdomen until it tears her belly open
to begin cocooning, as a prepupa, between her legs.

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To bring (the wings) close to the body, as a bird on alighting

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Dining In
Bakery $1.95

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Mary Ruefle leans forward to say, You can colonize
a reader the way some colonize an animal or a country.


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Contributor Notes

Maria Fernanda Snellings is a 2015 Sarah Lawrence College graduate and a VONA/Voices fellow. Selected by MacArthur Genius Award grantee Terrance Hayes, she was the only undergraduate finalist for the 2014 Hurston/Wright Amistad Award for College Writers in Poetry. Her translations of Alejandra Pizarnik’s poems are published in The Wide Shore’s 2016 issue.