Agave Press Manuscript and Portfolio Series is pleased to share excerpts from By Astrolabes & Constellations by Cristina Querrer, her first full-length volume of poetry. This collection of poems explores an interweaving and melding of worlds and experiences; it is an ebb and flow of awareness, bringing together questions of the self and of identity, travel, nostalgia, loss, and the beauty of forgiveness.
My Ill Attempt
I honestly don't know
where I'm going.
recur like evil spirits.
I try to etch out poems
and my bulky narratives
in between crammed spaces
constantly filled with disorder
and I am constantly
sifting water out
to keep my paper dry.
It is my ill attempt
to preserve all what my life was,
for it was something
even for just a fraction--
even when one lover became another,
even when my country became another
--amid all these wars.
But there are pockets more permanent
where things are kept,
things that were handed to you: a piece
of sugarcane fresh from the market,
tender messages on the back of matchbooks.
But there are pockets more invisible
where you keep things too,
such as the constancy of tides,
elapsed sketches of reverie--above all, love--
at the center of time.
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