• After a Year Sober

    Derrick Austin

    Winter 2024

    In the second to last room
    of the Margarita Azurdia retrospective—
    wallpaper with roses the size of cabbages—

    there were two altars, handmade cabinets
    painted in a thin layer of white,
    wood grain and the labor of painting

    still visible, and where there would be glass
    in the doors instead is lace
    that caught my breath when I peered inside:

    Derrick Austin is the author of Tenderness (BOA Editions 2021), winner of the 2020 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and Trouble the Water (BOA Editions 2016).

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