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Thursday, June 14, 2018
"[A Crumb in the Cobblestone—Tell Me This Landscape Darkened Without You]" by Jerika Marchan
Say despite all the churches with their unlocked doors and outstretched strangers' palmskin, I hungered still
—squandered when, fell through like a crumb, I sat waiting for discovery or disintegration—something marvelous teething at the surface—a crumb, devotional, religious ecstatic closer to being worthy
Desire me ruthless and naked but still in my Sunday dress you opened the window—we humid and slept open into dreaming, yes, conduit. Conduit or nothing. Conduit or bust. Nothing or busted. Hug the breakwater's edge
more the grit, my fingers—whorl, the inches of all concrete make miles of this low, walled city.
"Strange agitation happens in a New Orleans summer—a body feels restless, heavy, pressed. The heat can feel like a cage that forces a person into a hyperawareness of the limitations of their body and situation. This poem is about the desire to be transformed into something larger and more meaningful than what one is. After feeling the weight of life, feeling stuck or trapped, it's a balm to imagine oneself as better, faithful, gracious, heroic—all those aspirational things that might fall beyond our grasp." —Jerika Marchan
Jerika Marchan is the author of SWOLE (Futurepoem, 2018), her debut book. She was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the American South. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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