A Goldfish A Blossom

Sarah mccann


The echo makes this empty glass seem full.
Just as you, who are nothing physical,
give me substance,
turn me from an envelope of poppy
to an explosive clementine.

Lightning is a star’s winging out.

I have turned
from a person
to a fireplace—
one in which the ash
has built
so each new fire
is only a smolder
a near-smother
a thread of smoke
that leaks out.

I need to be swept clean
so that there can be real fire,
or at least a thought,
wiping the soot
away from lips.

Squint.
You’ll make things body out.


Sarah McCann has been a Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and has worked around the world. She has been published and has work forthcoming in such journals as The Bennington Review, Margie, The Broken Bridge Review, Midway Journal, The South Dakota Review and Hanging Loose. Her poetry has also appeared in Thom Tammaro’s anthology, Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost and an anthology from the Academy of American Poets, New Voices. Her translations from the Modern Greek into English have been recognized by the Fulbright Foundation with a grant and published in such anthologies and journals as Austerity Measures, Words Without Borders, Poetry International, and World Literature Today. She has also had the pleasure to edit a collection of poetry from the late American poet Robert Lax, Tertium Quid, and a book of her translations of the Greek poet Maria Laina was recently published by World Poetry Books.