Helen Vitoria: bossa nova in which I bleed

In Contest, Finalists - 2011, Poetry on November 18, 2011 at 4:27 am


Helen Vitoria’s work can be found and is forthcoming in: elimae, PANK, MudLuscious Press,
>kill author, Foundling Review, FRIGG Magazine and Dark Sky Magazine. Her chapbooks: The
Sights & Sounds of Arctic Birds and Random Cartography Notes are available as e-chaps from
Gold Wake Press, 2011, BLACKWATER: A PNEUMATIC DISTURBANCE is available from
Red Ochre Press, 2011. Her first full length poetry collection: Corn Exchange is forthcoming
from Scrambler Books, Winter 2012. She is working on her second collection a novel(la) in
verse: Amsterdam. She is the Founding Editor and Editor in Chief of THRUSH Poetry Journal &
THRUSH Press. Find her here: LEXIS

Twitter Handle: N/A

Know the Poet:

GSLR: Favorite Poet(s) –
Pablo Neruda, Alex Lemon, Roberto Bolaño ( I have too many to name here)

GSLR: The last book of poetry you enjoyed –
Rookery by Traci Brimhall

GSLR: Your favored theme to write about –
The human condition

GSLR: If you didn’t write poetry you would…
Raise heirloom breeds of chickens and roosters.

GSLR: 2 poems you enjoyed reading in GSLR
The Coughing Medieval – Keith Higginbotham
Amy LaVere’s Underwear – Corey Mesler




bossa nova in which I bleed – Helen Vitoria


six sons sculpt his dark body as an occupation
a yellow fever and flightless wings of Rhea
his resolution rests in the structured base of his guitar
all neck and positioned fingers−
São Paulo, he said, is where he first noticed the burning of silent birds
the ghost of a blonde
hopping and rolling towards him like a victim
there is such beauty in suicide
such breathless rhythm in strangers


Helen Vitoria’s bossa nova in which I bleed is the Golden Sparrow Poetry Prize Finalist 2011.


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