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Lisa Ciccarello

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Lisa Ciccarello

Lisa Ciccarello is the author of At Night (Black Ocean Press, 2015). She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Here is how I control my heart: I string each thought one behind the next, like beads.

I wear the answers I am waiting to give. The jewelry becomes heavy as soil.

My long blink is a scream & a yes. There are things I have to say, but they do not yet know the questions they must ask. & a blink is

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Emptiness is a blessing:
it can’t be owned if it doesn’t exist.
 
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My father said to bloom but never fruit—
 
a small trickle 
eating its way through stone.
 
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I am one kind of alive:
I see
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