This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Elizabeth Vignali, is from Lararium by Ray Ball, released by Variant Lit in 2020.
A cool breeze – so welcome
after hot days in Andalucía
enters my body, helps
stretch the folded accordion
of my spine. I will look
the rose bush in its face
past all the obsessive gnats,
the bees bumping in orgiastic gratitude.
Why does a sepulcher
of the past haunt me even here?
The art of dying requires
heaps of human skulls
in the same way that the sky
assassinates itself over
and over again, somehow hoping
each time, it will be different.
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