Such Luck


Published by Flowstone Press, 28 September 2019. Available from Flowstone and Amazon. From the publisher: "In Sara Backer's first full-length collection of poetry, Such Luck, you will find yourself on an unexpected journey, charged with visionary and psychological intensities. Her poems are well crafted and highly original. This is the kind of book you will return to for its ability to stimulate equally your intellect and imagination. A masterful and magical first book of poems."


Such Luck

My California single girl bedroom:
cinderblock shelves, futon, paper globe light,
wine bottle candlesticks coated with waxy stalactites.
Lacking men to stay the night, I drank in bed. The more
I drank, the larger my glass grew. I waded surf with cabernet
in hand and yearned for love. Until I sipped and found a fish.

Fish! How did you get in my cup?
Jumped! Four feet straight up from snapping beaks.
I could win the Fish Olympics!

What should I do with you, Fish?
Don’t dump me out! Those shags are hungry!

Fish, how do you speak—and why?
Because you’re listening! This is amazing!

Are you real or imaginary?

Do you have some lesson to teach me?

What kind of fish are you?
A talking fish! The best kind!

We talked till Fish’s gills began to dry.
I walked the length of the longest pier,
far from gulls and cormorants, tossed
and watched him flip four times
before he dove into dark waves.
I tossed my goblet after him,
thinking how lucky I was
to be unlucky in love.

Sara Backer

first published in The Pedestal Magazine

Elgin Award nomination 2020


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