This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Callista Buchen, is from Learning to Love a Western Sky by Amelia Díaz Ettinger, released by Airlie Press in 2020.
Drowning in a Foreign Tongue
Do you know how it is to scream
against the scandal of ocean waves
tearing your lung—an invalid pen—
from the force of Anglican consonants
that weighs the tongue like foam
that starves you to emaciation
suffocating noble feelings with
no voice, no resurrection
filling the space with
the grace of eloquence long lost?
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