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Joanna C. Valente (USA)

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Joanna C. Valente lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams, forthcoming from Aldrich Press in late 2014. She is also the Founding & Chief Editor of Yes Poetry, as well as a columnist for Luna Luna Magazine. In her spare time, she is a mermaid.

Joanna C. Valente vive en Brooklyn, Nueva York. Es la autora de Sirs & Madams que se publicará por Aldrich Press a finales de 2014. Además, es la fundadora y editora en jefe de Yes Poetry y columnista de Luna Luna Magazine. En su tiempo libre es una sirena.


In Coney Island, there is a body stranded on uneven sand making love to earth, polluted space.

A woman’s hands smell like plastic suntan lotion bottles. Swarms of moths stroke her back, wings

whirring like a smile. Why bother blocking rays when the cancer’s already there?

She swats them with her plastic Chinese fan from the corner 99 cent store, thinking about the hands

who make dollar store dreams.

TAPFNY – The Americas Poetry Festival of New York

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