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Rosary (Prayer One)

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Wherein she martyrs the mirror:
                  this carnival of stone,
                  her lips dilate
                  the negation—space into starpoint
 
Wherein she, to be both sacrum & wrist—
                  neither the fugitive epidermis,
                  nor the unlocked ashblack—
                  sovereigns the shadow swell as love
 
Wherein she ardors the emptiness open,
                  proof the unanchored
                  Spirit of my silence,
                  her revisions clothing my brightest orgasm—
 
Wherein she says, I can hear you,
                  the seed under the belly’s flesh—love the far shore, 
                  she says, For She withdraws the Spring wild
                 
                  Thrust in her mother’s surrender,
                  iron ocean blackened to aurora.
 

J. Michael Martinez, "Rosary (Prayer One)." Copyright © 2016 by J. Michael Martinez. Used by permission of the author for PoetryNow, a partnership between the Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.
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Rosary (Prayer One)

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  • J. Michael Martinez was born in Greeley, Colorado. He earned his BA from the University of Northern Colorado and his MFA from George Mason University. His first collection of poetry, Heredities (2010), received a Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Judge Juan Felipe Herrera chose the book for its “exhilarating descent into the unspoken” and noted, “[Martinez] gives voice to a dismembered continental body buried long ago.” Martinez is also the author of the chapbooks Pinned to a Quail’s Wings (2006), The Care With Which There Is (2007), and And also a Fountain (2008), with James Belflower and Anne Heide. The Autumn Orchard, an opera for which he wrote the libretto, was performed by Colorado University’s New Opera Workshop.
     
    Cofounder and coeditor of Breach Press, Martinez is currently pursuing a PhD in literature at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

    In April 2014, J. Michael Martinez was a featured...

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