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  • Romanze, and: Bref Double
  • Anna Maria Hong (bio)


Blissed with the notion of forbidden lust, lotharioof forever-mantled satisfaction, prolongthis unreal engagement—senses multiplied and shuntedin constant theme and variation—prolapse, my wandering

eye, cascading operative, melodious in itsellipses tipped with artifice and lashedwith action—to follow crest on troughof siren stall, pursuing tone to the close of ohm

—and flourish in imperish—push and depend,euphonious scaffold under stress, ray unwound,too goal to last—ripen past pull and retract—let the roil drop, each globe its own novitiate stop and cup—

the vanquished grasp of your arch philanderer—tangibly untouchable released surrender [End Page 113]

Bref Double

Attune and attenuate,love’s a minor magistratestrapping a wand to herinner moon, a pearled mound

flocked by a notch. Attuneand undulate like a tuningspoon reverberatingles ondes du rêve du monde.

One world wave to sate oneworld hate—too late, too soon—under / over acre and dune.Love folds her minute hands.

Love skates dry lakes and wetruins crooning “Alouette.” [End Page 114]

Anna Maria Hong

anna maria hong is the author of the novella H & G, from Sidebrow Books, winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Age of Glass, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s 2019 Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in June 2020.



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