#218 v15,11:122

20th anniversay issue #4
SIMON PERCHIK' : 'You no longer bathe'
SIMON PERCHIK : 'These stones too steep'

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SIMON PERCHIK'
'You no longer bathe'

* You no longer bathe though a cold rain flows through one arm grieves the way each river carries off its slow descent with a deadly hold –around these gravestones your smelly leather jacket still arranged so its sleeves spread-eagle, are packed with a sky already darkened by the more and more feathers that have no heading yet and your shoulders without hope weightless over the water.

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SIMON PERCHIK
'These stones too steep'

* These stones too steep, cling the way the overcast side by side lets through one star –in the open you devour its incinerating light and distances though the grass has just been mowed and watered knows all about how the night sky stands back, erect, righteous between each grave and winter where you lean over to drink –always the same cold air two mornings at a time, and choke.

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Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.

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