"His Daydream" by Cat Dixon
He and the girl brown like ground beef on the stove as they lie — backs against the grass — beneath the sun. Later, the black tablecloth, covered in crumbs and salt, spreads across the sky. She confesses the hidden hunger and he retrieves his cookbook from his knapsack to share his secret recipes — she flips the pages, licks the pictures, her tongue dizzy with the taste of lamb chops, overcome with crème brûlée. She praises his culinary feats, and promises his food is all she will eat.
Cat Dixon is the author of EVA and TOO HEAVY TO CARRY (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2016, 2014). She has poems (co-written with Trent Walters) in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her poetry and reviews have appeared in Sugar House Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, Coe Review, Eclectica, The Lake, Yes, Poetry, and Mid-American Review.
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