Aprilia Zank


Aprilia Zank





for greedy gods

to break the bone of night

in phallic bliss

under bruised skin

vowels fail words

gravity crashes

the womb's dumbness

light breaks onto steel

splinters spark on milk ways

under easy-iron eyelids

irises ache for wonders



Rapsodie Espagnole


out of the concert hall

in the dark

in the empty street


where all the passers-by

had vanished


I saw those fires

at an uncertain distance

those silhouettes


or fighting,

or loving


and I was there

among the embers

and smoke


my veils caught fire

burnt layer by layer

my skin sparkled

with scattered pearls


ghosts all around


I sensed their eyes

pierce the darkness

their breath

build bridges to my lips


while the old gypsy


shuffled the cards

to tell me a fortune

which I was unwilling

to hear



Pygmalion And Galatea


after the rush hour

the hour of late comers

alone in cars

lonely in full subways

heading towards homes

with neatly tidied wardrobes

and fast food

rewarmed in the microwave

in a corner

the silicone she

beckons with golden hair

and breasts

bursting with the fullness

of pomegranates

she teases your desire

with the warmth

of her high-tech skin

and the softness of hi-fi voice

with lecherous moans

altering at command

you can love her

hug her

fuck her

kick her

strangle her 

fill her mouth

with the mud of your mind

you can cheat your body

into robotic orgasm

cheat your brain

into guilt free immersion

cheat your life

with the illusion of embodiment

but when you take off

your 3D glasses

the dreamscape vanishes

and you find yourself

alone again

in the emptiness of the world

for you are not Pygmalion

and your Galatea

is nothing more

than the shell of a gynoid




Dr. APRILIA ZANK is a lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation Theory from Germany. She is also a poet, a translator and editor of anthologies. She writes verse in English and German, and was awarded a prize at the “Vera Piller” Poetry Contest in Zurich. Her poetry collection, TERMINUS ARCADIA, was 2nd Place Winner at the Twowolvz Press Poetry Chapbook Contest 2013. BAREFOOT TO ARCADIA was translated in Telugu by the eminent Indian poet Dr. L. S. R. Prasad and published in India in 2018 as a bilingual book. Her Beat poetry collection READING THE SIGNS was launched in the USA in 2019. Aprilia has received wide recognition in both western and eastern literary circles for her merits and achievements, and her poetry has been published and translated in many countries of the world. In 2018, she was awarded the title “Dr. Aprilia Zank – Germany Beat Poet Laureate – Lifetime”, by the National Beat Poetry Foundation (USA). Aprilia is also a passionate photographer. Many of her images are prize winners and have been selected for poetry book covers.


  1. Wonderful read Aprilia! Donna Allard Intl Beat Poet Laureate Canada


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