You left us your echoes so that we can unfold our silences. Left us your ballads so that
we don’t get tangled in relics and vertigos. And resist crippled editions of noise. Left us
your poems so we can see our bruises, smell the sea, find gravity. Golden flower, you
circle the earth to tell us this point has no parts.
Nathalie Handalwas raised in Latin America, France and the Arab world. She is the author of numerous books, most recently the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía, which Alice Walker lauds as “poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve,” and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times says is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).” Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Ploughshares. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature 2011, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. She writes the literary travel column The City and the Writer for Words without Borders.