• The Sirens Have Stopped Singing

    Ange Mlinko

    Winter 2019

    Black ink on blackened papyrus,
    pinched from a catacomb,
    revolved around an unknown axis
    like a brain with locked-in syndrome
    maybe cradling lost Sappho.


    Resembling a bit of stocking or trim
    for a goth-girl’s getup, it stretched
    delicately on a rack, in a room so dim
    you might forget that you had fetched
    up where rays beamed back


    at several times the magnification,
    ripening lemons like amulets,
    the way days ripen with vacation
    where the midsummer sun never sets
    on the tan line of a continent;

    Ange Mlinko’s most recent collection of poetry is Distant Mandate (2017). She is a professor of English at the University of Florida. 

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