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Beautiful Doll by Andrea Krackow
published in Volume 1, Issue 2 on March 15, 1994

Sunday mornings in her kitchen,
Mama crying in peaches and tins
	the stale husbands that never got cooking and
	the linoleum stains of Saturday-nite men --
		those burnt out cigarette butts stuck like weed
		in her molded wonderbread.

She woke dead but 

kept waking and 

I learned the muscle of this woman to sweat
	in the iron silent breast she fed her children.

With her bra strap crooked and her peroxide head,
she was the undiscovered, unplastic  Barbie--
	a beautiful,   Venus  Woman
who rose with her babies

never found

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