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 SIX SWANS
(I Failed to Swoon) 



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




Nadia de VRIES














Following the publication of her new collection, I FAILED TO SWOON (Dostoyevsky Wannabe)—and hot on the heels of her appearance in Hotel #7—see below for six works from SWOON. Order a copy of de VRIES’ collection here; and Hotel #7, here.







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 EMPEROR’S
NEW NOOSE


They’re setting off firecrackers
They’re setting off firecrackers 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). Her second collection, I FAILED TO SWOON, was recently published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe in 2021. She is currently working on her first novel.







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