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Poem of the Week: A Fold of Sun by Magdalena Zurawski

By Magdalena Zurawski

We decided I
should go alone
on foot. I

would find
him in
the pharmacy. If

he said ‘In
the head of
God all propositions

have existed
always,’ we would make
the exchange.

He was standing
in front of the
calamine lotion.

He spoke to the
air. I slipped
the envelope into

his pocket and
bought a topical
analgesic to

avoid suspicion.
When I left, I
had a face

again, could open
an account, drink
coffee in the

sun. On the street two
women talked
of money. I paid them

no mind. I
could now always
walk with my light

to the front.

Contributor’s Note: MAGDALENA ZURAWSKI will join poets Woogee Bae and Chris Vitiello at the next Just Buffalo Studio Series reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Just Buffalo Writing Center, second floor, 468 Washington St. (at Mohawk Street). Her poetry collection, “Companion Animal,” (Litmus Press, 2015) won the 2016 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her novel, “The Bruise” (FC2, 2008) won both the Ronald Sukenick Prize for innovative fiction and the LAMBDA Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Georgia. This poem was originally published in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day feature on June 21.

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