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Holly Karapetkova

Holly Karapetkova

Holly Karapetkova's poetry, prose, and translations from the Bulgarian have appeared recently in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, RHINO and many other places. Her second book, Towline, won the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize.

The Life of Objects


My body
is a boat
fastened with rope
where water
trips on the skirt
of its tide.
One man built me
another man bought me
& so I wait
nailed & tied
to carry him across.

What I want
is to untether
to row myself
out to open ocean
be torn apart
and there
to float
driftwood
drunk with salt,
to wash ashore
on a nameless island
where no one
& nothing
says mine.

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