Nora Nadjarian

Aphrodite Rising

In the audience, 
the eyes of the astonished shells.

My body is water,
voluminous, untamed.

My body is light,
craved, dazzling, an enigma.

My body is sand,
flowing upwards through the hourglass,
filling me, pushing me into lucid air,
bathing me with transparence,
gushing me into perfection,
sculpting me free.

I am becoming a goddess.
I am rising.

Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Cyprus. She has published three collections of poetry:  The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man(2004).  Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004.Her work has won prizes and commendations in various international competitions: among others, in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition (Ireland) and the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition at the University of Maine at Machias, USA.In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), she has had her work published online and in journals internationally. Her work was included in Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and in the poetry anthology Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Girl, Wolf, Bones – a new book of fairy tale inspired microfiction – was published in 2011.
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