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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Alex Dimitrov by Will Chancellor
Love And Other Poems Mockup

The two writers stroll the streets of Manhattan to talk about Dimitrov’s new poetry collection, Love and Other Poems, which traces his affection for the city.

Billy-Ray Belcourt by Layli Long Soldier
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As an Indigenous poet, Belcourt is creating space for himself and his community in “a world we did not want, a world that we did not build for ourselves.”

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.

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