Josely Vianna Baptista
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[translated from the Portuguese by Scott Bentley, Marta Frota-Bentley, and Jennifer Frota]


Of Loss, Sadness
               a Longing

“(…) between thorns twilight stepping”
                   Dom Luis de Gongora


     on this route
without bearing

     your seed sugar
swells well up
     salt from tears

     come to bud
     from selfsame

     (at flower)
of eye, eddy
     spring watery
within grotto)

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