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a found poem: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Great drops of broken light
fell on the street

as lightning rained down
from the clouds.

A restless wind flicked
the damp smell of mold

against the dazed air
and shadows fluttered

in the cracks in the pavement.
A hazy mist stirred

toying with all the people
walking the street.

Self-reviling, sick with longing
I sang to the full

blue moon. It seemed pregnant
with a grotesque

brilliance that I alone loved.
There was no peace

in the air—just the strange
fragile sound of decay.


Nazifa Islam is the author of the poetry collections Searching for a Pulse (Whitepoint Press, 2013) and Forlorn Light: Virginia Woolf Found Poems (Shearsman Books, 2021). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Believer, and Beloit Poetry Journal among other publications. She earned her MFA at Oregon State University. You can find her @nafoopal.

© 2021, Nazifa Islam

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