PoetryIssue 08 | February 2010

Gavage (and the Stress of Flying These Days)

by Jennifer Abbott

The truth is, geese invented it,
fattening themselves to survive months
of mealless flights. It didn’t take long
for us to suspect that stress added flavor,
at least in the liver, that most-taxed organ.

Turned out they were best
when forced with figs, just as sweet
and seeded as old shame,
perfect for the imagination—
tomorrow is always the day of migration,
but no one has to fly anywhere.

About the author

Jennifer Abbott lives in New Orleans and has an MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas.  Her poems have been published in Babel Fruit and elsewhere.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok