Saint’s Day Triolet: Saint Valentine

By Deborah Paredez Deborah Paredez
You’re flush with hearts and I’m forced to fold
this hand and swear off another luckless match.
How we’ve found ways to love each other, cajoled
our cindered hearts, flushed and forced to fold
upon themselves like Saint Valentine ensouled
with seizure, skin a whirring bee swarm, a hatched
flush of doves. My heart, how I’m forced to fold
my hands in prayer for another struck match.

Source: Poetry (June 2014).

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This poem originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

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 Deborah  Paredez

Biography

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (2002) and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (2009). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Mandorla, Palabra, Poet Lore and elsewhere. Her honors include an Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. Paredez is the . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Religion, Christianity

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

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