Friday, May 5, 2017

“Beauty" by Ariana Reines

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May 5, 2017


Ariana Reines

About This Poem


"On the eve of the inauguration I found myself writing poems about my father and doing regressive things that I don't in fact do—in this case, Googling the calories in foods, knowledge which, once I'd attained it, I didn't do anything with, though somehow it still did itself to me. What is information you don't precisely use? A tiny opportunity to suffer needlessly perhaps. Baudelaire's 'La Beauté' is a poem that has always haunted me.  What a strange thing for Beauty to do—liken her beauty to 'a dream of stone.' It's so easy—too easy—to be swallowed by the nightmares of the opposite of beauty in these times. Thank heaven for poetry to keep us living and moving today of all days."
—Ariana Reines


Ariana Reines is the author of Mercury (Fence Books, 2011). She is a visiting critic at Yale University and also works as an astrologer. She lives in Queens, New York.

Poetry by Reines



(Fence Books, 2011)

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