Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Poems

Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Poems

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Go Thee

And the way you gathered up your excess soul

before it spilled to the floor.

At the end of the Hebrew-Yiddish-English poetry reading

and you went to eat shawarma.

The way you gathered up your soul,

but didn't hold it too tight,

because too much of something isn't a treasure,

because your fatigue is also excess.

And the music drilled too much into both of them,

and your eyes became stars in the night of the assorted


Too many have leftyou,


You have no intention of loving this one too.

You're not enhancing the green twists and turns of her heart

in your walk.

Stomping on them.

Go, go, after the words,

the body too will become aerodynamic,

a weightless airplane following

after the weighty words.

Go, move, fly or breathe,

from your country, from your people, your fatherland,

your mother's language,

so you become a great nation, a small blessing.

Go, move, fly, roll away or breathe,

from moving matter to thinning air.

The Female Of

The beginning of spring

A maple tree sighs

(The despair blossoms)

Chrysanthemums roar ("more, more")

The crow is so naked under his feathers,

so naughty. …

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