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karen neuberg


I hold them even as
they crumble. And all I can hold
is in my mouth and I say
some days they stumble out
like mistakes, then become
flags waving that turn into 
indomitable dancers in realms 
of fire, realms of ice
and I in them,
am nothing if not


Herself in dream, always spontaneous. 
A firebrand without the smoke. Able
to texture and leap.

The feel of into explication. Pucker of
the blister, drained. Loose flap of tide
between the waves. 

It’s an awful lot to fill. Fulfill. She wants
to satisfy herself more than any other.

Karen Neuberg is the author of two chapbooks — Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and Detailed Still (Poets Wear Prada, 2009). Recent poems appear in Marathon Poetry Review, The Vehicle, and Tinderbox. She’s associate editor of the online journal First Literary Review East and lives in Brooklyn, NY.