Florencia Varela's work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Arcadia, Diagram, Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast Magazine, Washington Square Journal, and Western Humanities Review. She completed her MFA at Columbia University and currently lives in Brooklyn.
STUDY IN OCEANOGRAPHY
This is how it happens: People leave in the middle of the night:
I might say crushed coral: I might say dusk lag,
that there is something loud beneath me:
I might say a lot of things: The missed stops
at some point, not now but soon: Then the tacit
filling, how to plug the space: How all, less struck now,
conspires into dust heaps, handfuls of hair & ceramic:
How will they polarize, the different cries of grief & battle:
People leave in the middle of the night:
late dinner, early morning, same move to blown glass
architecture: There is no truth but in moment:
Mine is an uneasy singularity, an oceanography.