LEORA FRIDMAN: Is This the Place for Telling

from by 90s Meg Ryan



–– Is This the Place for Telling ––

What passes

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

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


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


from The Decision To Karaoke, released August 20, 2014


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