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Amber West

Amber West is a poet, playwright and teaching artist originally from California, USA. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Opium and Puppetry International. Her works have been performed at venues including St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York City and the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. She earned her Master's of Fine Arts in Poetry at New York University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in English at University of Connecticut. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is co-founder of the non-profit artist collective Alphabet Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Daughter Eraser

 

 

He sweeps her rubber ashes

into the wooden pencil box

clasps the tiny silver lock

carries her with him

wherever he goes

 

Sometimes to pass the time

he opens the box and runs

one finger through the soft

pink shavings, piles her

like a tiny sand mountain

blows the peak softly: landslide

 

He traces a happy face

into her dust, closes and shakes

the box, wonders whether

to sprinkle her somewhere

 

Where would she rather be, really?

He does not know:

there must be nowhere.

He never imagines

 

he does not know her well.

He made her.

He erased her.

What more is there to know?

 

 

©2012 Amber West

 

 

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