Emily Fragos
Lazarus, Come Out

The sisters are wailing, quite beside themselves with something new.

The pale Christ, lanky as a long distance runner, seems half-amazed

at what he has done.  Sitting up, the awakened one sees the immobile


face of the woman he mounted like a maniac, his body erupting in fever,

in abcess, for want of her, and is indifferent.  He can hear murmurs,

jeers and coarse laughter on the roads and in the homes, the crush


of a slapped face, the unhinged bells, the dangerous, sullen gaps.

Suddenly visible are the closed faces of the doomers and the open faces

of the doomed, although he is in a dark room, his tongue black and stiff.


Fanatics who worship the sun sever their arms as offerings 

to help it rise; it rises, and the disinterred one, for a time, continues,

dancing by himself like a horse with its screaming, high-tossing head. 

Found In Volume 34, No. 04
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About the Author

Emily Fragos’s book of poetry, Little Savage, was published by Grove/Atlantic Press in 2004.  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Paris Review, Parnassus, Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, and numerous other journals. She teaches at Columbia and NYU.