Daniel Y. Harris


Photo by Charles Weinberg






Vocabula Amatoria




No vagary to the scent of sex,

lures lust—filters down

as foreplay. Coitus doubles


reprieve and doubles to please, more

precious than anything to touch—


by being so much of what we are,

stays to spin—unfallen


as bliss can be.




Red on rose-red and pliant

pink on white-sheer—


to eye the shape

of color—the red lips and


white trim of French nails.

Not awe nor panache—rather

egress and concupiscence.




I am gallant inside you, taut,

rosy peak to arch and purr

and glide, tumescent in the back


of entry. Hands around your waist

breathe you. Inside we, pelvic

to pelvic, angling in quick motion


of pistons, coming closer and

closer. The spur of moan in the

hallowed ground of our bed.




…and mate with the prequel

                        of where we were thrown.


I am you

now, other—dollop,

                        where love’s equity

                        is we, you:


brown eye share—godling,

black lash, iris

of a fiancée


to a wife, now, spatial

to my husbandry—in bliss

and natal.

                        The lex

of courtship—that we lived for a year

in hyperlink, our vows,

a mix of  levity

and the yield

of skin.



—Daniel Y. Harris











Daniel Y. Harris is the author of Hyperlinks of Anxiety (Cervena Barva Press, 2013), The New Arcana (with John Amen, New York Quarterly Books, 2012), Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue (with Adam Shechter, Cervena Barva Press, 2010; picked by The Jewish Forward as one of the 5 most important Jewish poetry books of 2010) and Unio Mystica (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009). He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Some of his poetry, experimental writing, art, and essays have been published in BlazeVOX, Denver Quarterly, European Judaism, Exquisite Corpse, The New York Quarterly, In Posse Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Magazine.com and Poetry Salzburg Review.


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