Summer 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 Poetry |

alchemical sirens

The Kenyon Review · Alchemical Sirens (with June Jordan, Diane di Prima, Lyn Hejinian, and the women who wore the tignon in eighteenth-century Louisiana and in the greater Caribbean before that) who look at us at dawn when the sun goes down when moon admits the end of world a turn what transmutation is this having crossed prehistoric minuet of southwest sixty-six of monsoon alien minefield after the mindfuck of climate collision a silver hydroplane grips us until yin and who is our witness our last having fled or left behind or at a change of frequency it felt it kept coming out with a quiet sense of happiness called into the poem a criado on repeat it felt it kept coming out as l o v e as air speaks through we a feeling of home sylph becomes loom and what we want to do is do it again nasturtium a song we sing in anticipation of love tumescent musk of love and lust in equal measure it flickers in balsa

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fahima ife creates with an ensemble of alien species and contributes to studies of (black) sound and light. She is a poet, producer, performer, mystic, essayist, and editor. She is associate professor of black studies and performance studies in the department of Creative/CRES at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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