Dark Love by Aaron Zuckerman

BOMB 9 Spring 1984
009 Spring Summer 1984

It reached
higher than spire and gyre
it inhaled sky
with the third eye
watching it exhale fire
I find no door
it flooded every pore
From a dark ocean
rose a beast
spitting hopes upon the beach
and bless
Self floods earth
Writhe like a snake
Clench worth
In her eyes
deeper than depth
floats a gem as
sweet as breath

James Merrill by Thomas Bolt
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Vi Khi Nao by Louis Elliott
Vi Khi Nao Covers

From personal ads compiled as narrative to a frame-by-frame retelling of a short film on grazing sheep, Nao’s poems and stories are acrobatic experiments in form.

Poetry is Play: Rachel Rabbit White Interviewed by gin hart & mal young
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The writer on romance under capitalism, Nietzsche, sex work, and freedom from the tyranny of the sentence.

Elaine Kahn’s Romance or The End by Rob Goyanes
Romance Or The End

All loves—and all selves—are fictions. Though that doesn’t mean they aren’t true.

Originally published in

BOMB 9, Spring 1984

Nicolas Echevarria, Pam Yates, art by James Nares and Tom Otterness, writing by Daisy Zamora, Kathy Acker, Glenn O’Brien, and more.

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009 Spring Summer 1984