Married Pairs

“…I mount the…
tunnel sunken night in search of you.”
~Li-Young Lee
The last time, snow
fell from under the El
tracks like glitter,
like sugar, like fire,
or the rain.
I raised my
hands parallel to the side-
walk, to the tracks, and when
the flakes came, I knew I could
do nothing to hold you.

Married Pairs by Sandra Marchetti

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(Previously published in Whiskey Island)

Photo by David Olimpio


About Author

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), Heart Radicals (ELJ Editions, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra’s poetry appears widely in Poet Lore, Blackbird, Subtropics, Ecotone, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Words Without Borders, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, and other venues. Sandy earned an MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from George Mason University and lives in the Chicagoland area.

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