Somerville Poet Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the Slope Book Prize, and, with programmer Brad Bouse, of Between Page and Screen (Siglio, 2012). Her poems, essays, and collaborations have appeared widely in print and online. Currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, she will join the faculty at the University of Washington Bothell this fall.
History of Sand
Palmed long enough, one no longer
feels the stone
but air shaped to the gone weight of it.
A new wound
like the old come back stretched as a drum.
We didn’t know
what we did, no, or seldom, didn’t we?
So emptied, so
pine, so breach. Bent back this way,
one might recall
where light hurt itself on each object
that broke its
fall. One might press one’s hot face
to the past
like air—one might outlast.
– Amaranth Borsuk
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