Thursday, August 13, 2009

Patricia Giragosian: The Shape of Water

It was the moment of longing that
brought currents back,
the gleam of your shoulders and
arms in sunlight, the thrilling lave
of early fall; I did not look
far beyond you and this,
our settling place, was a den of magic
much larger than your dreams
of me. When desire is burdened with light
there is no solace in the isolating
moment, the cooler daybreaks by which
time is marked as it thins out fast
in the streets around us, mirrors
of traffic that flag opaque currents,
lost years. I always see you
in late afternoon. Your hands
draw me to the merge of sky and tides
and I stay alert to the sweetness
between us, the ridge above swift-running
water and the sun holding you

PATRICIA GIRAGOSIAN is the author of two collections of poetry, and is currently working on a third. She has taught writing at several New England colleges, and has a poem appearing this winter in The Classical Outlook.

Patricia Giragosian's chapbook, Closer to Home, was published this year by Concord River Press. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Harvard Review, The Boston Globe, The Connecticut Review, Sojourners, The New Hampshire Review, Euphony, The Notre Dame Review, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of the 2005 Poetry Chapbook Finalist Award of Bright Hill Press, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts. Several of her published poems are collected in the archives of The Boston Athenaeum. Currently she is preparing her first book of poems for publication in Boston and is at work on a local history and a novel.

"The Shape of Water" is the recipient of the Gretchen Warren Award, given by The New England Poetry Club for the best printed poem of the previous year.

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