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Poems About Gaza by Jews


ISSUE:  Winter 2016

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
I remembered his face from my last readings.

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
I refused his leaflet. His voice became agitated and loud.

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
He knew well the poems from my last book. 

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
One of those poems should not have been written.

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
Someone with my last name should not have signed that poem.

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
He imitated the poem. I would have laughed, but his face was flushed.

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
That poem should never be read aloud.

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
He granted one caveat. The poem could be read aloud—

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
in a closet. To myself.

He found me browsing the poetry section of a bookstore.
He found me.

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Madeleine Avirov · 1 year ago

Beautiful poem, Susan. The last line is a knockout. 

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Mary Baine Campbell's picture
Mary Baine Campbell · 1 year ago

Brilliantly chilling, beautiful vengeance.

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