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Kathleen Kraft’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Madison Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Anderbo,  Foundling Review, and other journals. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and the Sundress Best of the Net Anthology. She was one of 50 finalists in fiction and poetry chosen for the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars Fellowship to study in Vilnius, Lithuania with Edward Hirsch. Kathleen currently teaches movement and creative writing in Jersey City and New York City.

City After the Destruction | Climbing Kandinsky


City After the Destruction

Black and rose, mirrored smoke,

ring of silence in the stinging sunlight.

Floating papers fly up, lilt down;

the farewell flutter of handkerchiefs.


Climbing Kandinsky
for Bernard

This vibrant plain to crawl across—
rapturous playground—to climb, slide over,
dive and sit. Let’s open like so many
curving blues, let me dance across you like
hundreds of yellow brushes. Let’s swing, hang
on each small crescent. 

Where do the horses take us as they canter
along your mind? Galloping past what is bound, pointing
to a constellation of gallopers. Our new distilled world
of line crossing line crossing circles crossing triangles,
each world endlessly its own. We land on a tiny-tiled landing,
jumping as you rotate the points.

Now you’ve left our composition and started on another,
we’re curving up the improvs as you go along
inventing your own language. Soon the horses will pause
before a swift current, cross, their hooves kicking up
the water. And here, in the earliest light, we’ll meet again
to hop across the rocks, one after another after another.