Love Lyric by Jessica Abughattas – curated and introduced by Victoria Chang

I loved the lie    I loved   lying

next to   the winter    I lived


beside the lie    lying   thin & white.

I loved lying      beside the tides.


He let me drive      the winding

canyon to Malibu.   I let him   unwind.


I loved   being   alive    the winter I lay

so close   to loving     I thought I’d die.



Jessica Abughattas was born and raised in California. Her debut book, Strip, won the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize and will be published by University of Arkansas in 2020. She is a Kundiman fellow and a graduate of the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing program. Her poems appear in Waxwing, The Journal, Best of the Net 2019, and elsewhere.