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Poem: from The Truth About Magic

Woman in Paris

"let the water be weak / so our coffee is strong / so we can stay up late to dance."

[From the section titled 'ADVENTURE']

Give me a room in Paris
the smaller, the better
and it must be winter
and it must be cold
so we can make it hot
too hot to sit still
and the window must be thin
so we can hear the bells
and the power must surge and bubble
so the lights flicker
and the records skip
let the water be weak
so our coffee is strong
so we can stay up late to dance.
Give me this Paris
and I will paint for you
all the truths I know
about magic.

From The Truth About Magic by Atticus. © 2019 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Publishing Group.

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ATTICUS is a storyteller, observer, and an amateur winemaker. He is the author of Love Her Wild and The Dark Between...

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