Original text version:

I came bearing a fading llum

presumed the recess of a periphery

una cançó que es repeteix again and again and again

entre nosaltres i els nostres

careless I approached

deixa’m en l’aixopluc

llençols al llindar

greixosos, mullats

I felt soft and reckless

cradeled in the cup of kin



el mateix mereix una escletxa

an almost imperceptible bloom

left me agog, floored

watching them pace circles

dressed in black

baixa així


a piercing silence

com una mena d’extenció de mi mateixa

immobile in the depths of a clearing

el que garanteix un espai propi


in Catalan : a stillness

in English : a silence

then to reckon with a parting




Emma Gomis is a Catalan American essayist, poet, editor and researcher. She is the cofounder of Manifold Press. She has published Canxona (Blush Lit, 2021) and X (SpamZine Press, 2021). She is the coeditor of New Weathers: Poetics from the Naropa Archives forthcoming from Nightboat Books in August 2023. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Poetics from Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she was also a fellowship recipient, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in criticism and culture at the University of Cambridge. INSTA