Dark Love by Aaron Zuckerman

BOMB 9 Spring 1984
009 Spring Summer 1984

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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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Three Poems by Lily Blacksell
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blink twice, because you’re in / love. It is springtime, the merry / etcetera, look ahead, where we’re going / there’s a clearing and in the clearing / stands a boxer who must have slipped / his collar on the path running through / the field. He is panting, drooling, is all white / except for the pink of his exceptions– / 

Blaze Thir Parts In Englyssche by Andrea Quaid
Jill Slaymaker

Andrea Quaid on love poetry’s lineage in Julian Talamantez Brolaski’s Advice for Lovers

Love is Singly Blind by Matthew Daddona
Leah Umansky

Domestic Uncertainties is not apprehensive about its message. At the forefront is the fictionalized trajectory of Umansky’s real-life divorce, but what arises is how a writer (in the most ubiquitous sense) can integrate the autobiographical and make herself better for it.

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