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Love Poem -1: Chicago (CST) to Bangalore (GMT +5:30)

Then love was a phone ding’s dopamine thimble
instead of revolution, our green and singing world.

My day your night. Your day
my husking, skin to bark to sap rot.

No pixels, no disembodied voice teched towards me
reassembled you here.

Both feet missing. Inner ears gone.
Top of your head, merely suspect.

Each eye’s prism, flattened.
The geometry of your chest, lost math.

The godweld between us taffied,
split back to word and light.

Its reconfigured data—
your slick hologram—

my dearest friend who refused
to touch me.


“Chicago (CST) to Bangalore (GMT +5:30)”: Copyright © 2021 by Kemi Alabi. Originally published in American Poets Magazine, vol. 60. Reprinted with the permission of the poet.


Kemi Alabi

Born in Wisconsin in 1990, Kemi Alabi earned their BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University. Their first full-length poetry collection, Against Heaven, was selected by Claudia Rankine to receive the 2021 Academy of American Poets First Book Award. They live in Chicago.

Date Published: 2021-04-01

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