Of Mouth This Heavenly Body
Paint my tongue cerulean blue
& all that flows from open jaws
transforms into a field of stars
in illumination; how we bind; say
luminous dwarf, say my galaxy; how light
fools us; how in space, the hot of hot
burn blue; & every star a sun, every
ray a tongue; say black body of stars
in absorb of all; say electromagnetic
radiation as if to taste the blaze
of heaven; oh star, how you emit
back, swallow unbound & gift & gift,
you gift; oh celestial body in glow & so,
too, a mouth in deep open, in expose.
Copyright © 2018 by Felicia Zamora
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
Felicia Zamora is the author of three poetry collections: Of Form & Gather (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2017), and Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018). Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, and West Branch.
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