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Your Immaculate Heart by Annmarie O'Connell

2014 Open Reading Selection

Annmarie O’Connell is the author of the chapbook Her Last Cup of Light published by Aldrich Press. Some of her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming with Verse Daily, Slipstream, SOFTBLOW, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Vinyl Poetry, 2River View, and Anthem Journal, along with several other journals and magazines. She is a lifelong resident of the South side of Chicago. Her second chapbook Eleanor&Loretta is forthcoming with Dancing Girl Press in 2015.

Compared to the Sweet Lilacs


we’re burnt out stars.


Still, I wonder what stops you

from leaping into the arms

of the stuttering man on the street,

his body a distant shadow

there is no trace of.

An eyelash of a wish peeks out

the two slits of his eyes.


Now I’m going to tell you to kiss his narrow mouth.

Now I’m going to tell you to bind us to the shivering marvel

in the road.


Originally published in Whiskey Island Magazine