The Lost Library of Marisa Silva Dunbar

poems written by Marisa Silva Dunbar and curated from lost literary journals and magazines.

a poem originally published in Mojave He[art] review

The color you remember being

first published in Spider Mirror

was vibrant and rich—

the inside of an ember,

saturated like the bright sandstone

earth of Sedona after 

a long awaited rain.

The shocking smoothness

of the mercurochrome 

you would pour on your belly

when infection set in a week after piercing. 

You wanted to grow into a blood orange— 

contain the sunniness of the rind,

and the dark crimson flesh that seemed

deep enough to drown in.

And here you are:

a faded watercolor gray,

like after an artist uses droplets

to lift the paint—erase a mistake.

two poems previously published in [Mojave He[art]

Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s work has been published in IceFloe Press, Mineral Lit Mag, Rising Phoenix Review, Ghost Heart Lit, 24 Neon Magazine, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Cabinet of Heed, and Marias At Sampaguitas. She is a contributing writer at Pussy Magic. Marisa is the founder and EIC of Neon Mariposa Magazine. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @thesweetmaris.