Sept/Oct 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 5 August 31, 2019 |

Parisian Needles

after Alice Rahon’s Lluvia en Paris (La rue la nuit la Pluie) A brolly can keep these dreams out, raise a heartshield for this tired, this poor, this wet of back. Never wanted to see the Sorbonne anyway. Really. Though ¿would I be sufficiently blokeish to proffer cakes and ices, pedigreed to the degree that Maseratis are pedestrian? ¿And would that be enough for admittance—to admit Aquinas was right, that the only way up the Great Chain is to fake a place at the top, then jump into the Nine Hells? Breathe, relieve the fear that I’m noncosmopolitan, can only point out the cracks in white marble. This romance ends without beginning— I’ll hook a lock on the Pont des Arts, wish it to be the weight that plunges this world into the Seine, sinks it all the way to Mictlan.

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Edwin Alanís-García is the author of the chapbook Galería (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019). His poetry has appeared in Acentos Review, Periphery, SOMOS, and Tupelo Quarterly. He received an MFA in creative writing from New York University and is currently a graduate student in philosophy of religion at Harvard Divinity School.

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