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SIMON PERCHIK 'Hours!'
SIMON PERCHIK 'This stone on your forehead'

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SIMON PERCHIK
'Hours!'

Hours! you walk the way this dirt is hammered, each heel brought home where the Earth broke apart, opened for the sound scraped off closed doors and burning hair –these black shoes need a rag soaked in moonlight, rubbed till the shine comes from further off spreads out, not yet a field, struggles though each step starts with the dead then stops, forgets how, expects one leg to tighten the other as if every bone thickens in the center, needs more coming in and leaving, more dirt, more nails –everything you touch you pull up, freed from the afternoons, the graves, and the drift.

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SIMON PERCHIK
'This stone on your forehead'

This stone on your forehead stays white between these hands that never let go though you were not thinking about winter and distances filled with peaks that cannot be saved by groans and thinning trees now that rain seeps into your ears and shadows flow past one by one, held down by a stone that blankets the Earth –you hear nothing about these kisses turning into snow and moonlight as something invisible :plumes slowly covering you from behind with emptiness and bare shoulders.

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JH ed--I'm "taken" --if that is the proper word-- by the subtle grace and simplicity of SIMON PERCHIK's poems that hide in them universes of possibility.

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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