Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Sunday Poet: Deborah Leipziger

Deborah Leipziger

Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and professor. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). In 2014, her poem “Written on Skin” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-founder of Soul-Lit, an on-line poetry magazine. Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author of several books on human rights and sustainability. Her poems have been published in Salamander, POESY, Wilderness House Review, Ibbetson Street, and the Muddy River Poetry Review, among others.

To S

Draw me a map of your body,
its crevices and precipices
your tender places of longing.
Guide me through the unexplored places,
your Atacama desert
and singular oasis.
Let me trace the river veins
with my fingers.
Where are the bruises,
the disbelief,
and the fingerprints
of those that caused you pain?
Take me behind the waterfalls,
through the caves into the deep canyons.
Help me navigate the hollow places
of the space between us.

 --Deborah Leipziger