Excerpt from Desert Revisited by Yahia Lababidi

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The full poem appears in our Spring 2015 digital issue.
The entire issue can be downloaded here.

under a whirling skirt of sky
streaming light and stars
groping for that tremendous hem
gingerly over quicksand

as though steadied
beneath some tongue and dissolving
not the absence of sound
but the presence of silence

or, as if transfixed
by a gaze, stern-serene
surveying a dream
foreign-familiar

Yahia LababidiYAHIA LABABIDI, Egyptian-American, is the author of 6 books. His latest, Balancing Acts: Collected Poems (1993-2014) is forthcoming from Press 53 Silver Concho Poetry Series.  For more information, please visit:http://amazon.com/author/yahialababidi