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Silent, the word

lifting off, only
its letters

in the white air
of the page, swirl,

then brighten

as though at dawn,
a flock of robins,

struggling to gather
in the wind;

anagram’s answer
lands on the lawn,

brown heads lowered
into thin green blades.

For burrowing worms,
they listen.




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Particularities of self
fall away from her like rain,

when he falls, bleeding.
He too seems to have lost

most everything about him—
husband, father.
He is simply

a human to save.


As though the tree
had taken on his strength

from the jagged-slow
back and forth,
rip and tear of metal saw,

then slammed him.



the moments


That he survived—
vast and all around her now
like space

constantly arriving.




Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches modern poetry and creative writing at  Manhattanville College. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Her poems have been published in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry London, The New York Times, and PBS NewsHour, among others. In 2008, she was asked to read in the Love Poems program at the Library of Congress. Her first book, Talking Underwater, was published in 2007 by Wind Publications. Her second book, Second Skin, was published by Wind Publications in 2010.
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3 Responses

  1. Alanna

    Both of these poems are so delightful. They’re simple yet profoundly evocative – very inspiring accomplishment!

  2. Judy Fletcher

    These are two exquisite poems! I love the precision, beauty, evocative imagery, and symmetry of “Anagramming,” and “Accident” is concisely written and profoundly expressive and insightful.

  3. Catherine Pike

    I was very moved by the poem “Accident”. So well written. So present!

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