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  • Remedy
  • Patrick Sylvain (bio)

I undress my mind to remove my Ex’s agonizing words strung firecracker beads to my nerves it’s been a while since it has made love to drums and tonight after many white nights of torment it feels sensual underneath a tropical brew of drums bass piano guitar and the voices of Boukman Eksperyans which is slowly streaming its way into my ears like pure honey at the tip of Erzulie’s tongue.

I feel like a stallion strong and able to dance all day and night sweating in the company of Rara Machine with its hurling bamboo dropping melodies like ripe mangoes I taste paradise [End Page 84] with each drum beat and if my tongue could be an instrument it would lick music the way I eat custard apples and sweet coconut.

Patrick Sylvain

Patrick Sylvain, a native of Haiti, lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.


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