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: MARTINA REISZ NEWBERRY : Hours Later
: MARTINA REISZ NEWBERRY : The Ways Time is Not Measured

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: MARTINA REISZ NEWBERRY
: Hours Later

Woman across the way hangs socks and tee shirts on the line. I think, “Do laundry.” Hours later, she takes them down, takes them inside. Lonely lunch. We two are not far apart Hours later, I can smell meat, vegetables simmer. I think, “Must make dinner soon.” Hours later, her lamps are dark. Her curtains—pink—blow kisses. She sits in numbing silence, Her phone rings and rings. I consider my pillow; A great moon calls out my name.

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: MARTINA REISZ NEWBERRY
: The Ways Time is Not Measured

By the scent of Night Blooming Jasmine By the scent of brewing coffee By the scent of a newly-painted bench By the sound of no water in the L.A. Basin By the sound of jingling tags on a dog’s collar By the sound of Eurasian Collard Doves crooning “pay attention.” By the taste of cheap razzleberry jam on the veranda of my tongue By the taste of sauteed brown trout By the taste of cold Chai Tea—almost (but not quite) cinnamon By the feel of the cat’s meaty softness By the feel of the bright constellations raining down on my toes and heels By the feel of friendships that end badly Fate’s ocean is everywhere, all around me. When you pass your 70s, no life jackets fit, you are alone in the water. I see it in my dreams: my timeline comes unhooked, floats off on its own. I grip a bit of flotsam, hanging on too tight to recapture my lovely timeline. My knuckles are white from hanging on and the timeline doesn’t care, doesn’t give a tinker’s dam for my vexation. Vexation without representation— isn’t that unconstitutional? Time is not measured in the minutes it takes to fall from night into night, from dreams into dreams. It’s really about the last few minutes of daylight and how much dark you can stand.

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bringing us closer to a rich understanding of our world and ourselves.
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: MARTINA REISZ NEWBERRY A passionate lover of Los Angeles, Martina currently lives there with her husband Brian and their fur baby, Charlie T. Cat.

: MARTINA REISZ NEWBERRY is the winner of i.e. magazine’s Editor’s Choice Poetry Chapbook Prize for 1998: AN APPARENT, APPROACHABLE LIGHT. She is also the author of LIMA BEANS AND CITY CHICKEN: MEMORIES OF THE OPEN HEARTH—a memoir of her father, (one of the first men ever to be hired at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, CA in 1943)—published by E.P. Dutton and Co. in 1989.


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