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Aracelis Girmay

& we cannot separate the roof from the heart from the trees that were there, standing. & so it is, when I say “night,” it is your name I am calling, when I say “field,” your thousand, thousand names, your million names. — Aracelis Girmay, from “Arroz Poetica,” Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007)

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Aracelis Girmay

 Oh, body, be held now by whom you love. Whole years will be spent, underneath these impossible stars, when dirt’s the only animal who will sleep with you & touch you with its mouth. — Aracelis Girmay, from “Kingdom Animalia,” Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2011)

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Aracelis Girmay

Oh, body, be held now by whom you love. Whole years will be spent, underneath these impossible stars, when dirt’s the only animal who will sleep with you & touch you with its mouth. —Aracelis Girmay, from “Kingdom Animalia,” Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2011)

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Aracelis Girmay

When the piece of a body is left (or a home is left) then the body begins being a constellation: one piece is there! one piece is there! If I leave my hair in the comb in my mother’s house & walk out the door to go to the airport, then all of a sudden… Continue reading Aracelis Girmay

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