Poetry Sunday: “You Are a Dark Body,” by Natalie Scenters-Zapico


[From the WVFC Poetry Archive. First Published May 19, 2019]


You Are a Darkish Physique

of water with a mattress of rock barely seen
out of your floor. You’re the solely darkish physique

of water in a desert plagued by bleeding cactus.
At your collarbones you carry a gulch, held up by a thread

of hair. You journey days ingesting solely from your self,
since you are this land’s solely darkish physique

of water. On the crease of horizon you discover a lady
in mattress, her chest moist with saliva, you kick her

up and doing & take her place amongst its sheets. A person
lies down in mattress subsequent to you. He swallows your darkish physique

of water & offers you a lady’s physique, a physique you’ve
by no means recognized. As a lady he offers you sores & by means of

the sores you breathe & regardless of the sores you give beginning
to a toddler stillborn for lack of water. You kick the kid off

the mattress, however it returns within the arms of the lady whose mattress
you stole. You cry to be made once more right into a darkish physique

of water. The person kicks you up and doing, covers you
with grime & turns you desert. You cry for a mattress he won’t ever

allow you to sleep in once more. You cry on your physique’s mattress
of rock turned desert for lack of water.


From Lima :: Limón, Copyright © 2019 by Natalie Scenters-Zapico. Utilized by permission of The Permissions Firm, Inc. on behalf of Copper Canyon Press. Initially printed in Poem-a-Day on October 6, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a fronteriza from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Her first assortment, The Verging Cities (Heart for Literary Publishing 2015), gained the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the GLCA’s New Writers Award, the NACCS Foco Guide Prize, and the Utah Guide Award. A second assortment, Lima :: Limón, was not too long ago launched by Copper Canyon Press and is offered for order here. Scenters-Zapico has fellowships from the Lannan Basis (2015) and CantoMundo (2015), and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Basis (2018). Her poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines, together with Finest American Poetry 2015, Kenyon Overview, Poetry, Tin Home, and extra. She is at the moment a professor of literature at Bennington Faculty and in fall 2019 will be part of the school on the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.


Poet’s Be aware

I grew up within the Chihuahuan Desert and have felt the form of thirst solely excessive dry warmth can deliver. In moments after I’ve longed for water most, I consider how my physique is product of a lot water and the way the identical earthly compound I yearn for may drown me. This poem is about thirst and the way a lifetime of thirst then quenched with a fistful of water could make you take care of all the ladies you may have been, the kids you may have had, and the ever-changing physique you’re given.

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