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An Artist and a Poet on the Dream of Immortality
T Magazine

The artist Shirazeh Houshiary gives form to the poet Monica Youn’s wistful imagining of a celestial body — one that promises immortality just before slipping out of reach.

 

BLACKACRE

one day they showed me a dark moon ringed

 

with a bright nimbus on a swirling gray screen

 

they called it my last chance for neverending life

 

but the next day it was gone it had already

 

launched itself into the gray sky like an escape

 

capsule accidentally empty sent spiraling into the

 

unpeopled galaxies of my trackless gray body

 


— MONICA YOUN