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Jonathan Aaron

Jonathan Aaron teaches writing and literature at Emerson College in Boston.

Two Poems

Jonathan Aaron, 25 April 2002

Looking at Rousseau’s ‘Sleeping Gypsy’

For Anna Brodsky

A gypsy girl decides to visit her grandmother on the other side of the desert. Carrying a staff, a jar of water to quench her thirst, and a lute for songs to keep her company, she travels all day. It’s getting dark when she arrives at an oasis. After she eats a few dates and drinks some water, she picks up her...

Poem: ‘An Instance of Necromancy’

Jonathan Aaron, 3 January 2002

In his ‘Autobiography’, Benvenuto Cellini (1500-71) tells of summoning demons in the Roman Colosseum with the aid of a priest adept in the black arts. The next night, in hopes of clearer communication with the underworld, they return and call up the demons again.

This time his spells produce a larger, more unruly crowd from hell. The priest looks pleased, a little anxious, too....

Poem: ‘The Heart’

Jonathan Aaron, 26 March 1992

I woke to your knocking, convinced someone was patrolling the corridor, hammering the doors. The heat was intense, and I wished it would rain. Your name came to me, and I thought about all I’d once known about you but forgot, and once again I saw those glossy textbook illustrations full of bright colours, capital letters, Latin names, those likenesses that used to take my breath away in...

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