Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism


You are dead, therefore I write to you.
I am dead, therefore I write to you.
Did we ever kiss? The shadow airplane

swooped down to smack the tarmac silently.
That crash didn't crash. The kiss
did but dissipated

in air like phantom smoke
rising from my shadow chimney inching
its way all afternoon across

the neighbors' slanted roof—
heat gusts escaping up the flue and printing themselves
as visible ghosts trailing

off to a chilly Empyrean.
February gleams on the roof slates.
As if the fire were real. As if

the heart pumped real blood.

r o s a n n a   w a r r e n
b o s t o n ,   m a s s a c h u s e t t s

This poem by Rosanna Warren was composed as "exemplary" of the work of an imagined French poet, Anne Verveine, who was contrived for and included in the recent anthology, The Imaginary Poets, edited by Alan Michael Parker and published by Tupelo Press.

The Imaginary Poets will be reviewed by Margin in detail later this spring, but we strongly recommend you pick up this wonderful anthology now, which sought to find writers game for the challenge of:

    translating a poem into English
    offering a biography of the poet
    composing a short essay to which the poem, the poem and the corpus are considered

while making all of it up, without once indicating they have done so.

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