Angela Narciso Torres


Kinds of Stillness


the egret leans windward
              beak poised for stabbing
                             shadows in the reeds


her eyes: milky panes
              between dream and confusion
                             staring/not staring


as a child I thought
               sitting rock-still I could
                             make time stop


the pen’s nib hovers
               above the line             a hummer’s
                             electric wingbeats


the gap between tracks

                  on a vinyl record 

Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange (Willow Books) and winner of the 2019 Yeats Poetry Prize. Her forthcoming books are To the Bone (Sundress Publications, 2020) and What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books, 2021). Recent work appears in POETRY, Missouri Review, and TriQuarterly. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and Ragdale Foundation. She serves as a senior and reviews editor for RHINO. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently lives in Delray Beach, South Florida.

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