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A Wait to Be Found

Let slide ladders ring on steep staircases.
A curled formula: there, always. I sit
bayless for the first time, a river to
lake they all imply ocean.

I curate bodied land, tying grey steps
when they stood self-reflexive—a glitter
listing to control the tide. Glued together
beat envelopes a contorted wishless list.

Stomped current, I expand waves' breaking—fractures
furthering long waste inside landings. Drawn
lines barring direction to ebb, expanding
together the slanted straining of horizon.

Flat mist-stained texture bridges every
trapped hue under troubles: iron hours
spring foam. Pleased in-flowering circles
a cursed rapid, turns growth into foreign bricks.

Crashed on sharp rungs, frontiers slid buoys to
distance. Slips are a box of implied silver.
Promises a hint of height: an edge. It said,
"gather on that edge"

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Emily Liebowitz's work has appeared in Lana Turner, jubilat, and various other journals. Her Chapbook In Any Map was recently published by The Song Cave. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Alberta Kelly Fellow, she has worked in arts communications for the Brooklyn Museum and the Academy of American Poets. She co-edits LVNG Magazine and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

A Wait to Be Found was originally published in The Iowa Review 45/3 (Winter 2015/16)

In Any Map

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