Nadia de Vries is the author of Dark Hour (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018). Her work has recently been featured or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, The Poetry Review, CUMULUS, and Hobart. She lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
by Nadia de Vries
Museum of Past Lives
In five years,
I will teach myself a new language.
I will buy a lilac-scented candle.
I don’t like the smell of lilacs
but I like the smell of burning.
My Rape Story Is Not Your Rape Story
I like shadows, light rain,
and limoncello cream.
or how the dark forest
carried a sweet, fat heart.
I want to eat at a bad restaurant
because I am hungry
and I am bad.
What does disappointment taste like,
a grimace? A smile?
I want to go somewhere beautiful
and really be let down.