Fall/Winter 2014

Claudia Serea


Oh, how I loved you
with all my 19 years,

how I wanted to kiss you
with all my skin
in the middle of the street
so everyone could see!

We shouldn’t, you said,
wary of eyes
behind the drawn curtains.

But I don’t care about them,
I wanted to yell.

Let them watch
and die
of envy and desire.

Let them scorch
and shrivel,

blinded by the magnesium flame
of our kiss.

Love, we’re alone in the world.

Pretend no one’s here
and set

the entire city on fire.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. A four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013).



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