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Sandra Alcosser

Sandra Alcosser

Sandra Alcosser's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her books of poetry, A Fish to Feed All Hunger and Except by Nature, received the highest honors from National Poetry Series, Academy of American Poets and Associated Writing Programs. She founded and directs SDSU's MFA each fall and serves on the graduate faculty of Pacific University.

Santo

Turbaned and beaded, hooped by eyelet
The Bahianas carry rose water in white
Mirrored vases to swab the staircase
At the Church of Good Endings. One ties a sachet
About my wrist and says when it frays
Three wishes will come true. I did not know
I wished for you—skating on bones, on torso
Your knuckles hitting cobblestones     
As you made your way into the elevator
Down to the Lower City without hips or legs
You were flying on your knuckles you
Were singing as you flew
Past midnight through the sewers and souls
Of Salvador—oh breathless Holy Ghost

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