Is Soon a Drifting Island

Stephanie Rogers and Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis

Now that you too must shortly go the way
of tidy towns where, driving once, I saw a man stripped
and forget the word light,
saw Melancholia’s gaunt face,
slowly, you must walk him in the cold
as fields of pavement jitter past and birds
accustom him to the harness,
which is also the weight of something else.
One must imagine teaching him to run,
but the loved have a history of shifting
past blackbirds sailing to nowhere on their stalks
like the after-hours inside a library.
There are birds small enough to live forever.

Cento composed of lines from Marina Tsvetayeva, Eleanor Farjeon, Ciaran Berry, Anne Sexton, Julianne Buchsbaum,Meghan O’Rourke, Peter Campion, Meghan O’Rourke, Mary Di Lucia, Meaghan O’Roarke, StephenDunn, Nancy Eimers, Carolina Ebeid and Donald Revell.

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis is the author of Intaglio (Kent State University Press, 2006), which won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and The Rub, which was recently awarded the Elixir Press Editors’ Prize and was published in 2014. She teaches at Columbus College of Art and Design where she is the faculty advisor for Botticelli Literary/Art Magazine.


Stephanie Rogers received her MFA in Poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Ploughshares, Mid-American Review, Southern Review, Third Coast, Pleiades, and Best New Poets, among others. Her first collection of poems, Plucking the Stinger, was published by Saturnalia Books in October.

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