LEORA FRIDMAN: Is This the Place for Telling

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–– Is This the Place for Telling ––


What passes
between

our skin tones,
Liat, I mean,

what lets our
skeletons roam?

To the spell
of conversation,

I say, what,
Liat, does

an ant trap have
that I don’t?

What sticks level
to the floor?

I come rising
with the weather,

leaving my friends
at home, where

they will dine
in a civilized manner

on extremely
light leaves.

Is this
the place

for telling?
Full disclosure:

I have
an act.

In my act,
ten social workers

lead a group
of politicians

to a stream
made of caffeine.

Everyone must imbibe
nonstop, for ten hours,

and never discuss
themselves.

Any personal topics
would cloud

the light: the way
our voices rise

to meet us
so well.

They hug
the hillside,

they play
at falling,

they wish
all insects

goodnight.

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LEORA FRIDMAN is the author of Precious Coast (H_ngm_n B_ _ks), On the architecture and Essential Nature (The New Megaphone), and Eduardo Milán: Poems (Toad Press). With Kelin Loe, she edits Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer.

More: www.leorasf.tumblr.com
Spoke Too Soon: www.spoketoosoonjournal.com

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from The Decision To Karaoke, released August 20, 2014

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In 1989 Meg Ryan immortalized herself as Sally Albright.
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