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“One soul,
two eternities.

— M. Soledad Caballero, from “You Have to Leave Me Twice,” Memorious (no. 26, June 2016)”
M. Soledad Caballero

Gabriel García Márquez
“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell. — Gabriel García Márquez, Love In The Time of Cholera. (Vintage October 7, 2003) Originally published 1985.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Izumi Shikibu
“In this world
love has no color–
yet how deeply
my body
is stained by yours.

— Izumi Shikibu, The Ink Dark Moon, trans. Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani (Vintage Classics, 1990)”
Izumi Shikibu, The Ink Dark Moon

“The Tin Man Full of Bees"

The spell erupts in wings—
       glass-backed, a crownish
   vellum, veins that tickle
as they climb their way.

       They charge, these chevrons,
   motor-fuzzed, from the heart—
or the chasm where the heart
       would be if I were made
   of meat instead of metal.

I once loved a forest girl
       who kissed me with a twister
   in her lips, and god
it felt like this. Counter-
       clockwise, the opposite
   of time. I am a hive:

slip-stitch hornets, bumbles, sweats
       and queens. Their stripes
   the color of a morning
fruit that sings as its citrus
       bites. Gnaws and strikes,

out my pipe. Once again—
       by the witch’s wish—
   in the hum I come alive.

Sarah Crossland, 32 Poems. Volume 11 | Number 1 | Spring/Summer 2013

 


Sarah Crossland

Rob Doyle
“We are all deep in a hell, each moment of which is a miracle. — Rob Doyle, from “Winter in Paris.” The Dublin Review. No. 58 Summer 2015.”
Rob Doyle

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