POETRY THAT ENACTS THE ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE PURITY OF GLASS
Anika Prakash is a rising high school junior and the editor-in-chief of Red Queen Literary Magazine. Her poetry has been recognized by the Adroit Journal and Writers' Theatre of New Jersey and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Platypus Press, Noble Gas Qtrly, Hobart, The Ellis Review, Halo Lit Mag, and deLuge, among others.
In the dark opal of the forest,
I wake and am given two names:
cathedral and lantern
Both of these I do not understand:
both heavy on my tongue
both burning up around my feet —
but I have already chosen
and cannot be rechristened so easily.
I pluck leaves and long to fold them
over my tongue but they simmer
and then singe
as I tear them from the stem.
I blanch my fingers clean and yet
I still cannot touch without reinhabiting myself:
camphor, camphene —
I still cannot escape
what was once bestowed upon me.
Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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