an angel is a softer kind of light

émilie kneifel

artist statement: this poem was written on the spot at a fundraising event for the Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters.

poem transcription:
[image description: the poem is typewritten on lunch bag-brown paper. under the poem, emilie has typed "emilie kneifel," handwritten "2019," the year the poem was written, and has drawn a speckled clementine, soft in a ring: its shadow, or maybe a halo resting on the ground.]

an angel is a softer kind of light 

an angel is a softer kind of light 
my bus driver says à demain
i give him a clementine wrapped
in its own skin i never see him again 
but you know how they used to say 
if you swallow gum it will stay 
i will never see him againbut 
i still feel his voice in my stomach

émilie kneifel is a sick fish, goo fish, they fish, blue fish. find 'em at emiliekneifel.com, @emiliekneifel, and in Tiohtiáke, hopping and hoping

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