Emily Kendal Frey &
Sarah Bartlett

When a baby has a rash
we get so sad. It’s hard
to love a scabby baby.
But we try anyway.
We kind of touch a little
extra on the rough parts.

Can your baby handle
a needle? I have a snag
in my sweater
and the sweatshop
is too far away.
I tried trading favors
but your baby doesn’t want 
my kale smoothie recipe.

These poems are a selection from Baby on the Safe Side, a collection of poems released this week at Chapbook Genius. Read the whole thing.

Sarah Bartlett lives in Portland, OR. Her chapbook (co-written with Chris Tonelli), A Mule-Shaped Cloud, was published by horse less press in 2008. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Filter, New Delta Review, Jellyfish, NOÖ, Burnside Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Coconut, Sir!, Sixth Finch, Diagram, and elsewhere. Poems co-written with Emily Kendal Frey have appeared in New Pony: a horseless Anthology, Bat City, Portland Review, Caffeine Destiny, Alice Blue, and elsewhere.

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of Airport (Blue Hour 2009), Frances (Poor Claudia 2010), and The New Planet (Mindmade Books 2010) as well as three chapbook collaborations. Her first full-length collection,The Grief Performance, was recently published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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