Inventing the Land by Andrea Watson

 Now this is what you shall do—
 Take the land each way
 you dream a lover    earth skin
 seamless against her found beauty
 No map for this country called flame
 sky   the supple throat of fire   tasting         
 amethyst   bittersweet   cerulean
 Ride some road to that place with no name
 past ripe-veined streams pierced by twilight
 heat blood in rock soil pulsing and blazed 

Bio: Founding publisher and editor of 3: A Taos Press, a multicultural and ethically voiced publishing house, Andrea L. Watson’s poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Runes, Ekphrasis, Cream City Review, Subtropics, International Poetry Review, and The Dublin Quarterly, among others. She is the co-editor, with Madelyn Garner, of Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined, and co-editor, with Joseph Hutchison, of the anthology, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai. Source:

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