Sextant | Literary Arts | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Life is dense with stars, and in between,

the emptiness is where we are possible.

When I trace an unbroken line from your breast

to your clitoris, I am Hipparchus,

mapping out a new constellation.

When I taste your sweat,

it is the ocean I remember.

Inside you is the first breath,

the first speck of dust,

and the first tear.

-- Erik Rosen

Erik Rosen lives in Swissvale and has worked as a journalist, copywriter, medical writer and editor. He recently started the Te Cafe Reading Series and will soon be launching a new adventure/green-travel company. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday night at 7 on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.

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