Smooth Horizon of the Verb Love

Nicole Brossard

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an urban image from the eighties

when we hung out at Chez Madame Arthur

and at the back of the room

women wrapped their arms around

nights of ink and dawn



calendar of murmurs

vague caresses about the planet and its water

we could have confused words

but there were doors open

confetti in the midst of darkness

gentle ways

to swoon in a corner with she who

put her tongue in my mouth



focus on yes, on the woman’s


caress not silence not word

focus beyond. Hold me back


Nicole Brossard, "Smooth Horizon of the Verb Love", from Selections. Copyright © 2010 by Nicole Brossard. Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: Selections (University of California Press, 2010)