Summer 1998 • Vol. XX No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1998 |

Body of a Woman (Cadavere di Donna)

Here you are, still Reposed behind glass Like a work of art. Yes, Body of precious aloneness, There are times I desire you In a lover's arms. Sometimes I want you making fierce love, With moans like thought-bubbles Of pleasure forever in Pompeii's Lava & ash. Yet, other nights, As Miles Davis plays ballads In the background, like tonight, There's only irony: I see You're gazing out toward The House of the Faun, Waiting for someone.

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Yusef Komunyakaa’s seventeen books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Neon Vernacular (for which he received the Pulitzer Prize), Warhorses, and most recently The Chameleon Couch and Testimony. His many honors include the William Faulkner Prize (Universite Rennes, France), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, and the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His plays, performance art, and libretti have been performed internationally and include Saturnalia, Testimony, and Gilgamesh: A Verse Play. He teaches at New York University.

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