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Clara Burghelea

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Clara Burghelea is Editor at Large of Village of Crickets and currently taking her MFA in Creative Writing at Adelphi University. Her poems and non-fiction have been published in Peacock Journal, Full of Crow Press, Quail Bell Magazine, Ambit Magazine, The Write Launch and elsewhere. She lives in New York.


Sweaty nape,
eyes on the peeling apple,
one bare shoulder against the wall,
summer smoldering under the skin.
The radio humming in the distance,
the fading rhythms
of another summer,
draws you into my mental landscape.
Your silhouette comes
shining against the blade.
Fruit coils in my lap,
its redness stained by salt.
And then your memory
grows into my skin,
grafting itself
into the familiar.
Flesh becomes swollen
with your cells
that won’t shed,
a hive of permanence.
When the radio’s voice dies out,
the apple rolls on the floor,
its taste already on foreign lips,
and I catch my breath anew.
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