[ToC]

 

ONCE WAS TOO OFTEN, FOR A GIRL LIKE ME

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis and Stephanie Rogers

Beyond me are light's eleven tongues.
When I close my eyes, I look for an entryway into the earth.                             
I don’t recount that story for Eliza,

the raking-leaves-on-concrete sound of her breath:
pure, and inconsolable. Some stretches of highway are too crowded,          
carving into the same groove so as to seem endless,

stippling the screen of your small window.
We are tethered to what we own, a ring
somewhere in between, calculating everything, spinning hard—

a ride to some room I’ve never been.
There is no moment that is not your own.
But I have lived, and I have died: such language.

 

 

 

 

[Sources: Kim Addonizio, Dennis Finnell, Erika Meitner, Jeffrey Harrison, Jacqueline Berger, Jeff Gundy, Brenda Shaughnessy, Lianne Spidel, Timothy Liu, Jeff Gundy, Reginald Shepherd, Peter Cooley, Heather McHugh]

 

 

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"Once Was Too Often, for a Girl Like Me" is part of a series of centos sorted by two hands. Think of it as a long-distance show-and-tell of favorite found lines, a kind of call and response to the lovely.