February 1, 2017

Two Poems by Claudine Nash: "Beginner's Guide to Loss in the Multiverse" and "Magnolias"

Claudine Nash’s collections include her full-length poetry book Parts per Trillion (Aldrich Press, 2016) and her chapbook The Problem with Loving Ghosts (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She also recently edited the collection In So Many Words: Interviews and Poetry from Today’s Poets (Madness Muse Press, 2016) with Adam Levon Brown. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and has appeared in such publications as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Cloudbank, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and Yellow Chair Review amongst others. She also is a practicing psychologist. Website: www.claudinenashpoetry.com.

Beginner’s Guide to Loss in the Multiverse

Beginner’s Guide to Loss
in the Multiverse, page 26:

I accept this challenge
of surrendering
all of you, every
notion of us
that could exist
in some other time
or space,

but recklessly
allow myself
two pieces of light;

the one that burst
from your eyes
the day we watched
the dust whirl between us

and saw all our
lives at once,

then later,
those particles that
slipped around you
as you stepped
into the distance.

I tell you,
never try to pocket
a photon.

Weeks afterwards,
these memories split
into ten thousand
streams that flooded
my sleep,

spilling bands
of hazel and loss
into the night.

Classic rookie

(Previously published in Breadrumbs Mag)


Listen, I
need to say
just once in
this lifetime,
that when I
look at you
I see a
alive and
soaked in
where I find
myself home
in fields I
have never
and always
known, to
which each
and every
turn, I

(Previsously published in Yellow Chair Review)

Claudine Nash

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