Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso’s The Captain Lands in Paradise was published in 2002. She is a Hodder Fellow at Princeton.

Two Poems

Sarah Manguso, 17 February 2005

The Black Garden

The first thing I did was imagine a circle and get in it. Then I paid my bills and coughed up some neutrinos. Things seemed to be going my way. Outside the circle the world waited with its dinner party and its hologram floor of moving stars. Sometimes I left the circle and let things happen in that other place.


It was safer outside the circle than in as I had not yet named...

Read anywhere with the London Review of Books app, available now from the App Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices and Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

Sign up to our newsletter

For highlights from the latest issue, our archive and the blog, as well as news, events and exclusive promotions.

Newsletter Preferences