Larissa Szporluk
Dark Eros

She smirks, sets herself up

on a cinder cone—How does

it feel, she asks the old mountain,

to have no choice but to feel?

Succuss of Anoton’s glottis.

Rumbles, plutonic debris.

Feel this, she hisses into his

sphincter, then does something

evil with fruit—oh, the power

to cry! Oh, to be able to cry!

His mouth is under the sea now.

The past is a quasi-fetish.

I was only a child, but my

obsession with you was divine.

Found In Volume 32, No. 05
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Larissa Szporluk
About the Author

Larissa Szporluk is the author of four books of poetry: Dark Sky Question, winner of the Barnard Poetry Prize, was published in 1998 by Beacon Press; Isolato, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2000; The Wind, Master Cherry, the Wind, was published by Alice James Books in 2003; and most recently Embryos and Idiots was published in 2007 with Tupelo Press. She is a recipient of a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts grant.