6:4: “If Fallen Angels Dream of Flight”, by Sonya Taaffe

6:4: “If Fallen Angels Dream of Flight”, by Sonya Taaffe
for John Benson

Binding up the seam along your shoulder, unbleeding
skin dragged back where the last stitches of a dream
pulled free, buoyant architecture of flex and furl
traded, a torn handful of feathers, for these
geometries of grounded flesh and bone: I wanted
to salve the soar and downsweep of hurtling skies
back into your tattered wounds, a minister of grace
to the blankness at your back, phantom pinions
and the delicate cicatrice of choice: to fall
rather than to fly, earthbound by knowledge,
always mindful to look up; never to look back.


Sonya Taaffe has a confirmed addiction to myth, folklore, and dead languages. Her poem “Matlacihuatl’s Gift” shared first place for the 2003 Rhysling Award, and poems and short stories of hers have been been nominated for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Locus Award, shortlisted for the SLF Fountain Award, and honorably mentioned in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. A respectable amount of her short fiction and poetry can be found in Postcards from the Province of Hyphens and Singing Innocence and Experience from Prime Books. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics at Yale University.

“If Fallen Angels Dream of Flight” is dedicated to John Benson, whose dream it was.



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