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a ballad to and from salvador dalí

By Daniela Hernandez

  1. City of Stars
    City of Stars
    By Ansley Wiederholt

always dreamt of being more porous
           the radio aches a docile tune
golden prayers, sung in chorus
           how the night fell in love with the moon

triumvirate of holy things
           a cosmonaut sailed in a starless “sea”
mother married two paper kings
          he opened a door with the skeleton key

one king told me of buried saints
         he peeked at the forbidden kiss
outré canvases my hand paints
         selene with nyx in pure bliss

the second gave me melted clocks
         it was so precious—otherworldly—
blindfolded, memory persists.
        that he remained, eternal in death.