Sandra Ridley

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“Silvija” by Sandra Ridley
from the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

—an excerpt


(Wakeful bareness) / we’ve seen you of this place

As the raw—such / denial / undiscerned as an echo

Unsought and left behind / the ghosted / skyward

As the essential / sylph / shadow / detached from

A great shade / shale eyes / released to darkening

Night / only you are present when the heart stops.


From Silvija (BookThug 2015), shortlisted for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize