Pointillism

by Claire Farley

Claire Farley is a doctoral student at the University of Ottawa and co-editor of Canthius, a feminist literary journal. Her poetry has been published in Arc, Ottawater, (parenthetical), and Bywords, among other places. She is the 2016 recipient of Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize.

In Paris ask fourchette
& a boiled egg is served, in Fès
map medina lines in sugar cubes
endless concentric squares
to step in & out

or was it Dusseldorf, Hyderabad,
Calgary where I licked rogue grains from fingertips?

Reading Le Soir,
pourchassée en Italie, tolérée en Espagne
my hyphen a fissure border
to bore beneath, lightly

Nijmegen square, sip coffee
wear purple dress (a viable risk)
light rebounds each mote prism
plum composes occasion

Pin drops, pointillism
a step in either direction enjambs
horizon & I wake twice—

once, newsprint palm tongue
stained w/ turmeric

twice, my bony satellite fist
stuffed in your armpit

Beijing Cairo Ottawa Catania

sisters

 


Claire Farley is a doctoral student at the University of Ottawa and co-editor of Canthius, a feminist literary journal. Her poetry has been published in Arc, Ottawater, (parenthetical), and Bywords, among other places. She is the 2016 recipient of Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize.

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