When the Only Light is Fire (Saeed Jones)

 "My eyes followed   the couple's steps from one corner   to the other    pictured the press of two chests    against soft breathing   bodies slipping   in and out of candlelight. And the hurt   was exquisite. In my empty bed, I dreamed the record's needle pointed into my back,   spinning me into no one's song."

"My eyes followed
the couple's steps from one corner
to the other
pictured the press of two chests
against soft breathing
bodies slipping
in and out of candlelight. And the hurt
was exquisite. In my empty bed, I dreamed the record's needle pointed into my back,
spinning me into no one's song."

U.S.A. / 2011

This is Saeed Jones' debut chapbook of poetry. It's a lovely collection that meditates on love, on youth, on trauma, on things lost, and on things found. He has such powerful control of language, and his ability to capture and meditate upon intimacy is so stunning. These poems are visceral, sensual and refreshingly accessible. Saeed Jones was born in Memphis and graduated from Rutgers with an MFA in Creative Writing. He is currently the Culture Editor at @buzzfeed // Massive thanks to @bryanborland at Sibling Rivalry Press for this fabulous book! Check it out!

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