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SIX SWANS



COME TO MY CREMATION; 
DOMINION PIECE; 
PUPPY SEASON; 
MY SURFACES, MY SERVICES;
THE EMPORER’S NEW NOOSE;
& NONE OF MY POWERS ARE SECRET


Nadia de VRIES






On the occassion of the publication of de VRIES’ second collection with DOSTOYEVSKY WANNABEI FAILED TO SWOON—see below for six ‘SWANS’ lifted from from this suite of poems...







                                             




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COME TO MY CREMATION


Liminality sounds like a cop-out to me
Either you throw yourself into something,
or you don’t. If my house caught on fire
and I could only save one thing,
I’d save the fire.




DOMINION PIECE


My dumb tail won’t stop wagging for its captor
They say a body is a house
but I am not a house
My tragic face
is a terrible awning




PUPPY SEASON


The night I sent you pictures of my breasts
and you ignored them, there were garbage bags
hanging in the trees.



MY SURFACES, MY SERVICES


He asked for pictures of my room
I showed him my chair
My bedposts
My curtains
My carpet
Before you ask
No
They don’t match



THE EMPORER’S NEW NOOSE


They’re setting off fire crackers
They’re setting off fire crackers in my street
And in the hallway of my house
My body is lying to me
It’s telling me there’s a war going on
But there’s no war going on at all



NONE OF MY POWERS
ARE SECRET


I wouldn’t want to be a blonde in a horror movie
I wouldn’t want to be a blonde at a festival
I wouldn’t want to be a blonde in the darkness
I wouldn’t want to be a blonde in my house









Nadia de VRIES is a poet and essayist from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is the author of the critical memoir KLEINZEER (Uitgeverij Pluim, 2019; in Dutch) and the poetry collection DARK HOUR (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018; in English). She is currently working on her first novel.








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