Monday, June 5, 2017

"From the Desire Field" by Natalie Diaz

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June 5, 2017

From the Desire Field

Natalie Diaz

About This Poem


"The desire field is a space bloomed of tension—the body's fire, and its smoke when those fires quiet. (I am told they will quiet.) In these ever-green wind-bent star-strewn blades of worry and field, spinning until lost, I can rename the burdens of my heart—and offer the body back to language, to be carried, to be grinded into love and what is good. What if I call my anxiety desire? What if I rename this terrible thing as wanting and blossoming with touch? Why not let all bodies—my own body included—be the beloved and possible of offering me a smooth place to rest?


("From the Desire Field" is a poem-letter to my friend Ada Limón. We have written into each other over the past few months. The space between our poems has become a kingdom I wander, along whose streets my griefs and anxieties move in new ways—they are unashamed and unafraid to be seen into. The gift of shamelessness: because I am writing only across our small kingdom, to an amiga/amor/hermana.)"
—Natalie Diaz


Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). She teaches at Arizona State University.


Photo credit: Roberto Westbrook

Poetry by Diaz


When My Brother Was an Aztec 

(Copper Canyon Press, 2012) 

"Instructions on Not Giving Up" by Ada Limón


"You Are a Dark Body" by Natalie Scenters-Zapico


"[No strawberry moon]" by Emmy Pérez




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