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Kristen D. Scott

Waiting for Istanbul

                 (for Zafer)


waiting for him

is waiting for Istanbul

the force of a Byzantium fresco

first opening


a horse-drawn caravan laden

with lokum

each, tawny, black sea honey


experiencing him is living



without him a history

would be lost






He came in black-coal


the balm of  earth

and rain

on his



the room was crashing, but time

is noiseless

when one falls -


in love



 Night's Philosophy 

On an immense night
she walks among
white Camellia 
in hair, thinks
of Ibn Sina 
and Averroes

her lover guides her 
at the elbow-

looking for wisdom,

tucks her into
the myrtle 
as poems strut
from neighborhood boys, 
spring's rhymes on their

he tastes her there,
first behind the ear,
then nibbles
her collar bone 
with one slide 
of blouse
from her ivory shoulder

“what did tongue taste”?
she whispers

and her dress falls

into cool fresh

of grass 



      (for Zafer)


rush into me with a thousand Kalahari suns

do not wait with brush of mouth,

or too many syllables


with haste, as a herd of Abyssinian's

racing over opaline sands


with “boom” of thunder; thunder under hips undulations

dark sounds, a thousand flamenco stomps, claps,

Lorca's night-cries – Aye! Andalusia


Come inside me lover, with a thousand strums of guitar,

drums, raging Guadalquivir and quakes of Machu Picchu





from OPIATE 2014

Kristen D. Scott  is a nominee of the Pushcart prize in poetry for six works from her 2014 collection OPIATE. She is  an award-winning essayist for her work on Federico Garcia Lorca and his books the Divan del Tamarit, Poet of the Deep Song, and essay, "The Duende." 


She has published in several Anthologies, newspapers, and ezines, including the San Diego Poetry Annuals, Nomos Review, Perigee, Alesbuyia, and published two poetry collection from Garden Oak Press; LIAISONS (2012) and OPIATE (2014). She has also been translated into Arabic, Turkish, Albanian and Sanskrit.


Scott is currently the Editor-In-Chief, founder, and web designer

of KNOT Magazine, holds a MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Literature, and progressing with her Ph.D in Global Education and Comparative Literature.


She resides on the Riviera in Türkiye.