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Liz Robbins

Liz Robbins

Liz Robbins' collection Play Button won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged by Patricia Smith. Poems are in recent or forthcoming issues of Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Journal, and The Kenyon Review. She's an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.

Night Swimming

Bonfire on the beach behind      we wade
into the secret dark,

mere figures paying          tribute to certain
gods of war, the internal arguments

of fear. A silver planet           of wind
and salt, where we need

new prayers, curling     with the cold,
drifting in waves. Just breaking

the surface,           seaweed without roots.
Without one another's voices, we are empty

vessels waiting          for souls to crawl
in, tell us to whom we should give          our

allegiances. We keep looking      to shore
for the fires, keeping vigil

on the light left.           Here where things
are born and perishing.

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