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“San Gregorio”

San Gregorio has been there
before her
before those two wild dogs were.

An ancient temple
that I saw before
but had not seen until now,
now that I wanted to climb up its hill,

feet digging into
the glittering orange soil
a sand mattress
with olive tree springs

spring almonds
stone-cracked, savored
before the fall could dissolve them—

before her.

before her and I
woke up
to eat plums.

Originally from Montreal, Tara Dourian was initially drawn to poetry-writing a few years ago while living in Spain. Poems became a mode of expressing a fluctuating state of perception and recollecting experiences of place. Themes of nostalgia, memory and displacement frequently resonate in her writings. For the past year, she has been living in Italy pursuing a Master’s degree in Food Studies. As such, food-based memories have emerged as a significant sub-theme in her poems. The poem included in Vallum’s Issue 14:1 “Evolution” was Tara’s first poetry publication.


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