This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Sally Rosen Kindred, is from Atlas of Lost Places by Yamini Pathak, released by Milk and Cake Press in 2020.
It is not enough
To love you. It is not enough to want you destroyed.
If someone loved me then cut the birds from my tongue
expeller-pressed the air from my lungs one wing at a time
dismembered me could I look back with the
lotus eyes of compassion see how they stain themselves?
gouge and bleed? Could I join them in the darkroom
dip negatives in a chemical bath peg the damp
curls of nascent photographs from our lives
on a clothesline to drip dry overnight?
Would you judge me a fool if I said my love
is a parched well that never quits reaching for the aquifer?
Born under a water-sign, I fight different Canyons are hewn
by a licking stream a tongue worrying stone after stone
like loosened teeth My love-song is a blood-song survival-song
The bird boxed by night sings for us both
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