Lucia

By Ravi Shankar b. 1975 Ravi Shankar
My hair, voluminous from sleeping in
six different positions, redolent with your scent,
helps me recall that last night was indeed real,

that it's possible for a bedspread to spawn
a watershed in the membrane that keeps us
shut in our own skins, mute without pleasure,

that I didn't just dream you into being.
You fit like a fig in the thick of my tongue,
give my hands their one true purpose,

find in my shoulder a groove for your head.
In a clinch, you're clenched and I'm pinched,
 we're spooned, forked, wrenched, lynched
 
in a chestnut by a mob of our own making,
only to be resurrected to stage several revivals
that arise from slightest touch to thwart

deep sleep with necessities I never knew
I knew until meeting you a few days
or many distant, voluptuous lifetimes ago.

Ravi Shankar, "Lucia" from Voluptuous Bristle, published by Finishing Line Press. Copyright © 2007 by Ravi Shankar.  Reprinted by permission of Ravi Shankar.

Source: Voluptuous Bristle (Finishing Line Press, 2007)

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Poet Ravi Shankar b. 1975

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Relationships, Men & Women

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Poet Ravi Shankar grew up in Virginia, earning a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia University. His collections of poetry include Instrumentality (2004), a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards; the collaborative chapbook Wanton Textiles (2006), with Reb Livingston; and Deepening Groove (2011), winner of the National Poetry Review Prize.

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SUBJECT Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Relationships, Men & Women

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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