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Poem of the Week: “Man/Woman” by Ed Taylor

(to Nausicaa)

By Ed Taylor

In that long tropic of desert,

the ship dying in circles, every

 

one overboard, you now under,

straining for the not quite seen,

 

a swirl or blur, the stirred sea

shining, flickering silica the eye

 

light that blinks at the cloudy center

of things you dream, just reach,

 

as you run out of breath but find,

and rise naked from the waves,

 

come amazed to live again,

given sails by the wind

 

Contributor’s Note: ED TAYLOR will join poets Celeste Lawson and Irene Sipos at the next Just Buffalo Literary Café at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road in Amherst. He is the author of two collections of poetry, “Idiogest” and “The Rubiyat of Hazmat” (Blazevox Books), and a 2014 novel “Theo,” published by Old Street Books in the U.K. He is a lecturer in the English department of SUNY Buffalo State.