TAK Erzinger – Reap

TAK Erzinger is an award-winning poet. Her collection At the Foot of the Mountain (Floricanto Press California, 2021) won the University of Indianapolis Etching Press, Whirling Prize 2021 for best nature poetry book. It was also a finalist at The International Book Awards 2022, Willow Run Book Awards and Eyelands Book Awards.  Erzinger’s forthcoming poetry collection Tourist (Sea Crow Press, Massachusetts) is due out in spring 2023. Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background. She lives on a foothill of a Swiss alp with her husband and cats.


I’ve harvested love from the strangest fruit.
I’ve collected it – stored it in bundles.

Bales tucked deep in my body
vibrate in anticipation and longing.

Warm like morning blankets
or matted fur.

I exhale, its sweetness
awaiting to be caught. Close my eyes.

I am like the sun and its fingers
clinging to everything in its wake.



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