Magazine May 17, 2021, Issue

Incarnate

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What was it? A reception. Where? A lawn,
and worshippers were waiting (some had cried),
and she emerged — a tiki-torchlit bride
breasting the dark in sibilant chiffon.
Hysteria tinged the air. The band was “on.”
Idol of wishes and her father’s pride,
she burned unearthly as if deified.
A fascination. A phenomenon.

It wasn’t liquor or the shifting light
that put a power where a girl had been.
As with possession, something from within
flared up all over her and that one night
she was Astarte in the sheath of youth.
Believe me. Don’t believe me. It’s the …

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Aaron Poochigian’s first book of poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press), was published in 2012, and his second book Manhattanite, which won the Able Muse Poetry Prize, came out in 2017. His thriller in verse, Mr. Either/Or, was released by Etruscan Press in the fall of 2017. His latest book, American Divine, came out in March 2021.

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