Desiring the Earth by Margarita Serafimova

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Narrated by Margarita Serafimova

Desiring the Earth by Margarita Serafimova
illustration by Sue Babcock


The mountain, full of pines, deer and snow,
is empty.
White blazes are pouring from branches.


In the emptiness, vines are breathing,
wind is living.
The fine is itself.


Dark wild junipers are rustling, green eyes are passing.
Black neighing, black clatter of a hound.
Grass and a star.


The falcons of twilight with finelining bodies
are drawing out the air,
drawing out the water.


An open beak, a pink tongue glued to the palate–
the buzzard is breathless.
A deep love.


BIO: Margarita Serafimova was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2017. She has two collections in the Bulgarian: Animals and Other Gods (2016), Demons and World (2017). Her work is forthcoming in Agenda, HeadStuff, TAYO, Transnational, Smeuse, Tuck, Pure Slush, Antinarrative, Aji Magazine, Lunaris, Subterranean Blue, Pangolin, and appears in London Grip New Poetry, Trafika Europe, The Journal, A-Minor, Waxwing, Nixes Mate Review, StepAway, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Minor Literatures, The Writing Disorder, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Noble/ Gas Quarterly, miller’s pond, Obra/ Artifact, Poetic Diversity, Harbinger Asylum, Home::Keep/ Geocommunetrics, Punch, Futures Trading, Ginosko, Dark Matter, Red Wolf, Window/ Patient Sounds, SurVision, Basil O’Flaherty, Borfski Press, Peacock Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Wild Word, Plum Tree Tavern, Oddball, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Sea Foam, Aaduna, MOON, In Between Hangovers, MockingHeart, Renegade Rant and Rave, Tales From The Forest, Misty Mountain, The Voices Project, Pocket Change, Poetry Super Highway, Cent, Chachalaca Review, Heavy Athletics, Quail Bell Magazine, Outsider Poetry, Outlaw Poetry. Some of her work: