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Erica Mena

Erica Mena was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She received an MFA in poetry from Brown University and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Featherbone (Ricochet Editions, 2015), which received a 2016 Hoffer First Horizons Award, and translator of the Argentine graphic novel The Eternaut (Fantagraphics, 2015) by H.G. Oesterheld and F. Solano Lopez, which received a 2016 Eisner Award. The founding editor of Anomalous Press, Mena currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Drunken Boat. She divides her time between Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches at Brown University, and San Francisco, California.

 

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Decompose: Of Immaterial Things

A hope of leaves and hollows,
a breaking nest, a crest of granite
and unquarried moss. It’s soft
wintering a shade between green
and gray. The hope of colors for
which there is no word develops and
then fades. Uncaptured and un-impressed
in a kind of precision in dissolution.
Or in silence and the desire to trespass
and hold where the roots’ incision splits. Some
inevitable gesture or quantity in monochrome
and grateful light. And still the distance
between tongue and sight contained
in each body and measured as a factor
of attempt. Approach. Carefully mantained
first to shimmer and then break at the horizon.
Where the eye seeks motion, a threshing up
or fluttering, or blurring of wings and leaves.