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Austin Segrest

Originally from Alabama, Austin Segrest got his doctorate at Missouri, where he was poetry editor of the Missouri Review. He now teaches at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. New poems can be found in Image, Blackbird, and Southwest Review, and new poetry reviews in Southern Humanities Review.

Gum

The gum she bought by the flat. Blue or green,
mixed in her mouth with the brown chaw we found
in its pouch in the drawer, it congealed—