Nikki-Lee Birdsey

Nikki-Lee Birdsey was born in West Auckland, New Zealand. She is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has a BA from New York University. Her work has been published in The Broome Street Review, the Claudius App, Petri Press, Fogged Quarterly, Hinchas de Poesia, as well as poems forthcoming in Handsome, 3:AM Magazine and others. She is also the author of the chapbook Free That Hooker (Aero Press, 2012). She will be teaching poetry at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand in the spring.

Villon Pleas

[part of a series of Rimbaud and Villon transmutations/translations]

C’est le repose clear, not fever, not languor,
sur le, on the, l’ami, friend, Lamia, send me
more to aim at, come. Le deux extremes of...