Carmen Giménez Smith
Carmen Giménez Smith Poems
- Bleeding Heart My heart is bleeding. It bleeds upward and ...
- The Daughter We said she was a negative image of me because ...
- Decoy Gang War Victim Just a tick ago, the actor was a Roman ...
- Déjà Vu It happened to me once. Winter came, and snow ...
- Happy Trigger Off-season and in the burnt forest of my ...
- Only a Shadow My daughter gathers the seeds she finds in our ...
- Photo of a Girl on a Beach Once when I was harmless and ...
Carmen Giménez Smith (born February 20, 1971 in New York City) is an American poet, writer and editor.
Giménez Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University and an Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She is currently an assistant professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at New Mexico State... more »
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Photo of a Girl on a Beach
Once when I was harmless
and didn't know any better,
a mirror to the front of me
and an ocean behind,
I lay wedged in the middle of daylight,
paper-doll thin, dreaming,
then I vanished. I gave the day a fingerprint,
I sat naked on a towel
on a hot June Monday.
The sun etched the inside of my eyelids,
while a boy dozed at my side.
The smell of all oceans was around us—
steamy salt, shell, and sweat,
but I reached for the distant one.
A tide rose while I slept,
and soon I was alone. Try being