Janaka Stucky


When I was a boy I was made
Entirely of salt

Silent with the silence of adoration
For what had come

Before me

Like a father

In the belly of a great whale
I lived in myself

Waiting to be
Illuminated by your arrival

At night I pray
For glaciers of salt

Now I wait
I have waited
I will wait

I eat your footsteps in my sleep
I wake from my animal dream a legend

Janaka Stucky is the Publisher of Black Ocean, as well as the annual poetry journal, Handsome. He is the author of The World Will Deny It For You (Ahsahta, 2012) and Your Name Is The Only Freedom (Brave Men Press, 2009). His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver QuarterlyFence and North American Review, and his articles have appeared online at The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. His body dwells in Boston while the rest of him dwells in uncertainty.

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