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Claudia Serea

Self Portrait

Claudia is
to a cloud

as chalk is
to chocolate.

Claudia Serea’s poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Gravel, among others, and she’s the author of four poetry collections, most recently Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016).

Claudia Serea

Poetry is

Poetry is
of no use,

but it stays with you
like a blind dog

that sniffs your troubles
and licks your hands

and your eyes,
especially the eyes.

Claudia Serea’s poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Gravel, among others, and she’s the author of four poetry collections, most recently Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016).

Claudia Serea

Even if you don’t believe in angels

You still have
your life,

heavy,
crumbling, dry,

and you can’t carry it,
but you have no choice,

but to carry it,
a cement cross

on your shoulders
instead of wings.

Claudia Serea’s poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Gravel, among others, and she’s the author of four poetry collections, most recently Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016).

Claudia Serea

Cherry tomatoes

Sweet and red
like a lover’s tongue,

the last jewels
of the season
hang in low light,

speaking summer’s
extinct dialect:

Good-
bye.

Claudia Serea is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013).

Claudia Serea

Meanwhile, in Penn Station

The pussy willows bloom
in a plastic bucket
underground.

Claudia Serea is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013).

Claudia Serea

From Brooklyn, with love

Each day, the cobweb bridge
weaves itself farther and farther away

into the city
inhabited only by spiders

where all of us hang from the tallest buildings
by a thread.

Claudia Serea is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013).

 

Claudia Serea

Late at night, the light is still on

In his repair shop,
the old man shines the shoes of the immigrants,

fixes the heels
with nails he holds in his mouth,

and glues
the broken soles.

Claudia Serea is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013).

 

Claudia Serea

Cromwell’s History

Nothing is discarded
or forgotten,

not even the silver earring
that lost its mate
when I was a child

and find again,
so small,

in the room with the scent
of moth repellent,

on the bottom
of a locked cupboard,

next to Cromwell’s History.

Claudia Serea is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013).