Amsterdam / Elizabeth Clark Wessel

$ 7.00

 

dancing girl press, 2015
$7.00

 

 

 

 Elizabeth Clark Wessel is a founding editor of Argos Books & co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. Her poems and translations have appeared in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Guernica, Sixth Finch, Lana Turner Journal, and Boston Review. She is the author of the chapbooks Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012) and Isn't that You Waving at You (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming in 2015).

 

 

 

Sleeping Beauty

 

Even if you were listening you could not hear,

To be saved is to be killed one thousand times.

 

Cursed and envined without thought or breath or sight.

To be saved is to be killed one thousand times.

 

Entombed, entwined, with only this insistent voice,

To be saved is to be killed one thousand times.

 

The ants have made a home in my chest.

The deer have taken my hands.

The cougar hunted in the caves of my mind.

To be saved is to be killed one thousand times.

 


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