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Aditi Machado

Aditi Machado is the author of Emporium, winner of the 2019 James Laughlin Award and forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2020 and Some Beheadings (Nightboat Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Believer Poetry Award. She has translated Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia (Action Books, 2016) into English and currently works as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Washington University in Saint Louis.

By This Poet



                           —or rhubarb?
Scant difference between some flowers
and the heads of cauliflowers the fingers get
herbaceous rubbing against. If I could get
ecstatic I would by the low soft
weeds, the hard oracular orifices of tree bark.
Some landscapes under duress
predict this atonal sky.
Scant difference between flowers.
The canned cool metal slightly
curves, of trash receptacles,
meadow interregna, strange
fanciful flights, toward toward.
Where the rhubarb field is not so bright
red as you would think, not so precise
or fulminating, too much green sticks
out, stems and leaves like a fuzz
of voices, watery incarnadine,

here where the sounds so simplify
the milieu into that wetness there,
here I stumble
to approximate the durations of others, to appear
of the same time as though of space,
I worry terribly, I hesitate, I lose my measure, a juice
trickles down my side,
रस ರಸ.
I get I’m out of tune.