This selection, chosen by Guest Editor Jordi Alonso, is from Eve and All the Wrong Men by Aviya Kushner, released by dancing girl press & studio in 2019.
Sometimes I crave him in sleep
even though I never really wanted
him in life:
The truth is sometimes I call
aah yes, that was his name—
even though when he was there,
pressed against me,
just anywhere else.
When he finally
another woman, named for water,
if you change two letters—
if you allow the present and the possible
to collide a bit
into her name, Maya,
the Hebrew for water,
I was so relieved
it wasn’t me,
that I drank
wine, and bathed
Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking home in New York. She is the author of Wolf Lamb Bomb (Orison Books, June 2021), The Grammar of God (Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House 2015), and the chapbook Eve and All the Wrong Men (Dancing Girl Press, 2019). She is The Forward‘s language columnist and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Jordi Alonso holds a BA from Kenyon College, an MFA from Stony Brook University, and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri where he studied nineteenth century British literature, classical reception in the Victorian era, and ancient Greek. He will begin his studies towards an MA in Classical Studies at Columbia University in the fall. His first book, a collection of erotic poems inspired by Sappho, Honeyvoiced, was published by XOXOX Press in November of 2014. His chapbook, The Lovers’ Phrasebook was published in 2017 by Red Flag Press. He is currently writing a third book of poems based on ancient Greek divination practices at Delphi.
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