Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The Magic of Apricot

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The Magic of Apricot

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The magic of apricot

when the scent is flesh and descent is one bite

and you're a Moor speaking Chinese

The magic of apricot

the last time you saw home whole

a child and a lotus tree

laden with figs in the fall

What Lazarus looks like in the brain

or what the brain looks like on Lazarus

The magic of apricot

my bare feet and the plasma core of the world

smeared by human hands

The magic of apricot says

no ones ever nude on radiology film

and I'm grateful for my nipples

ripening early in frost

The magic of apricot

quotes those who've quoted you

changes what solid means

with two fingers

shakes the stamen sprays the anthers

A vocalist who doesn't sing

convulses his body

negative capability a cappella style

The magic of apricot may well keep us alive

a little while longer than unnecessary

Andalus is also Petra

the maggots of place

healers of severance and decay

Machu Piechu sleeps at night

and hustles by day

The magic of apricot

my daughter blurts out

the three unprompted words

"I love you"

in Arabic one


let there be digital archives

hector the microfilm


the falafel of truth

and the truth of falafel

the stuff of novels

the truffle of return

the ordinariness of scallions

we paid for the memory

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