Tuesday, 28 November 2017


by Antonia Alexandra Klimenko

you are always with me
even when you are not

Life's full empty room
Breath's bittersweet sigh
color of Nothingness
                transparent as angels
color of darkness 
                perforated with light
color of tears       
from the dotted blue blanket of Sky          
you are always with me
even when you are not
suspended like the crescent moon
the alphabet of stars
the space untraveled
between us

as if 
presence and absence
relinquish their names
surrender themselves to the Invisible

as if
without holding
may we trembling  feel 
the infinite nearness 
of our immense 

i marvel
at the innocence 
of your tiny unopened fists
butterflies  still 
fly from your lips
how mine drown   
in the drool of gurgled silence 
even as  the umbilical cord 
untangles around my neck     
my voice     so far away
                   is trying to reach you--
buried so inexorably
in your muffled lullaby

i am always with you
even when i am not

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"stillborn" was first published by Levure Litteraire.

Widely published, Antonia Alexandra Klimenko's work has appeared in XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France) CounterPunch, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology,  The Rumpus, Levure Litteraire, Big Bridge, The Opiate, Strangers in Paris, Occupy Poets’ Anthology (in which she is distinguished as an American Poet), and Maintenant: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art archived at the Smithsonian Institution in Washinton, D.C. and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She is the Writer/Poet in Residence for SpokenWord Paris.

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