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Sylvie Baumgartel

Sylvie Baumgartel’s poems have been published in the Paris Review, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, Subtropics, the PEN Poetry Series, Harvard Review, Raritan, and The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review (Penguin, 2015), and are forthcoming in Ploughshares. Her debut book of poems, Song of Songs, was published in 2019 by FSG, and her next poetry book, Pink, is forthcoming (FSG, 2021).

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Pink

Spring 2020 | Poetry

Pink is the Tuscan sunset. Pink
Are the Vietnamese monk pates
Bobbing under Piero’s True Cross.
Pink is plenty, pink is joy.

Mothers

Spring 2020 | Poetry

Women used to wean their babies
By painting their breasts black.
Hurricane clouds are black.
The Earth is weaning us.