ON THE STREETS OF NAPLES

LAVINIA LIANG

a couple keeps kissing / stopped by the old wall / too many palm fronds / and slicked back movie hair / and they don’t know / about the taxi / and those kids / sleeping in their mothers’ / beds last night / but today / what of / the swimming pool outside ringed / with bodied sculptures / ungloried, and dirty dirty / and gunshots sound / clear as ribbons / and those kids / and watch the mountains / tongue the horizon / and those kids / they came here to run away / not to see this / but the street dogs keep barking / and the land is still far

Lavinia Liang grew up in four different states in the US. Her writing has appeared in TIME, The Atlantic, The Guardian, VICE, AGNI, Catapult and elsewhere.