Beverly Rycroft. Poet, Writer
Beverly Rycroft. Poet, Writer
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Poems from Beverly Rycroft’s new collection A Private Audience.

FRIDAY: Diagnosis

The telephone, once
a domestic creature
has turned into a raptor.
At nine last night
it launched the first attack:
the Doctor’s voice spinning from it
steamed warm and sticky
as fresh entrails:
malignancy
chemotherapy

Cancer.

When I dropped the receiver
the shriek became a burr again.

This morning it perches
beside my unmade bed
wings folded, eyes shut
feigning sleep.


FRIDAY: Diagnosis

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