EMMA GOMIS

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POETRY

Image by Charles Deluvio

SOFT FRUIT

Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences,
daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling
than understanding could ever be.

– Toni Morrison, Beloved

No rules govern
what moves
between us

No shapes
contour the reach
we extend

in our acts of care
a softness like
a piece of crushed velvet
a peach

you lick the seam
part open the rind
place a carpel of orange
in the palm of my hand

we are complicit

I suck berries from your fingertips
You bite cherries from my ears

our fruit
the impulses
that language our desires

Emma Gomis is a Catalan American essayist, poet, editor and translator. She is the cofounder of Manifold Press. Her texts have been published in Denver Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Asymptote, and Vice Magazine among others and her chapbook Canxona is forthcoming from b l u s h lit. She was selected by Patricia Spears Jones as The Poetry Project’s 2020 Brannan Poetry Prize winner. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Poetics from Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she was also the Anne Waldman Fellowship recipient and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in criticism and culture at the University of Cambridge.

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