The trance of realism

focused on fleeting mirages

oscillations around the car

rain beading on the windshield,

no one has spoken for hours

up in the mountains

where the clouds cluster

oranges and pineapples from a dream

piled against the fallen birch

the sun has burned out your memory

left livid scars

in the white pure air.


ANDREA MOORHEAD is editor of Osiris and author of several collections of poems, including The Carver’s Dream (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018) and À l’ombre de ta voix (Le Noroît, 2017). Recent translations of Francophone poetry include Night Watch by Abderrahmane Djelfaoui (Red Dragonfly Press) and Dark Menagerie by Élise Turcotte (Guernica Editions). Her French work was featured in Phoenix 23 (Marseille); her English work will be featured in the Autumn 2018 issue of The Bitter Oleander.