A De Chirico head aslant on a coverlet, body mostly flown, the dazed prayers dumb. The ritual cigarette, the ritual drink: incense, holy water. No ambivalence, the woman inside fled, the whispers I make of tenderness—hers—she sleeps through. She's in that corridor, tunnel, the light is left on— shut if
Terese Svoboda is a poet, fiction writer, and memoirist. Her poetry collections include When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems (Anhinga Press, 2015), All Aberration (University of Georgia Press, 2009), and Mere Mortals (University of Georgia Press, 2009). She is the recipient of the Cecil Hemley Award, the Emily Dickinson Prize, and the Iowa Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York City.