Not the Wound but What the Wound Implies


Who can say

what the tulips dream

in a hard frost,


the sky as cold

as it is clear

and still unreadable.


Or how pain

decides what stays

in memory, a gift


broken by the time

it reaches us,

silvered, gleaming with age.

Maya C. Popa is the author of American Faith and a second collection forthcoming with W. W. Norton in 2022. She is the poetry editor of Publishers Weekly and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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