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By Dominique Blanc
Academy of American Poets Prize Award Co-Winner
Published: April 20, 2011

This is a waterfall.

It is bending for you, not falling. This water

fall is melancholy in you, not a tumble. It

is weeping your mother or someone equally

unimportant while you’re moving boulders


over a pretty body not yours.

It is coming to an end, this matchstick,



will gift you


A longing so


Sifted hand. Mud silt

clearing through water. Afterstorm.

This is a memory.

This is a borrowed house and a dark

under-the-bed. It rises in you. Feel it?

It startles you toward moisture

lifting. Sudden sweating and a gasp of

real, none of this lover-air, something

familiar, a waterfall, a woman, alight,

something jumped yet