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As if the Beginning by Victoria Sanz

of resolution

is to agree—

every bearer of life

gives a gift to the mouth

of a dying


We level


I move in one traceable direction

so sure of nothing


Then Mondays

grim mornings

full of turnstiles clicking

and the silence of strangers


how that silence is a contract

between us

none of us wrote


My mother translates for me:

So what you’re saying is

life carries us


No. Yes? Wait.

Victoria Sanz (Garcia) is a native Miamian living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Poetry from NYU, and holds degrees in Creative Writing and American Sign Language from Columbia College Chicago. Viki is a preschool teacher, and doula-in-training. Some of her older work can be found in smoking glue gun, Phantom Limb, and Columbia Poetry Review. The newer stuff is on her laptop.

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