Clara Burghelea

Dallas, TX

The city delivered secrets, gray squirrels crying at wee hours, velvet sun caught in between eyelids while listening to the thump of lovers above you, a slow erosion of thoughts, beheaded gods floating in coffee cups, weird stories gained at the laundromat, wearing grief sweaters to grey campus rooms, the promise of water behind the scorched skin, how to run a blade through the head of a melon, stay fluent in damage, call it răul care nu doarme, le mal qui t’accompagne, here one can easily slip in between the cracks of languages, the unseen core of haunting, that dream where you chase giggles, little footsteps, or a whiff of sarmale, your new friend Betty baking savarine for church, feast another god with a sweet tooth, trinkets of dor, this poem writing itself in tongues, begging for a patch of sky to grow wings over highway 75,  before the day ripens, you will open another paper vein, stumble across the sword, slay the foreign dawn.

Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, Waxwing, The Cortland Review, and elsewhere. Her second poetry collection, Praise the Unburied, was published in 2021 with Chaffinch Press. She is the Review Editor of Ezra, An Online Journal of Translation

Published by swim meet lit mag

swim meet lit mag is a young online publication based in Brisbane, Australia. Swim meets bring people together; swim meet lit mag seeks to offer an accessible space to read and publish all kinds of creative work from around the world, with a particular focus on local emerging writers. Now in its third year of operation, swim meet lit mag plans to continue expanding its catalogue, which is, and will always be, free to access. Each issue is framed by a swimming-related theme, to which the responses are always wonderfully surprising and diverse. 

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