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[Poetry] Two Poems by Michael Goldman

The ones with the split tails are terns

And if you watch them fly into the wind

you will lose your balance and fall

onto the soft sand.

And don’t be tempted to pull up the dune grass

it is the only thing

keeping the continent in place.

The wind and moon work in concert –

the Creator, if you will,

while you are a very recent visitor,

a tourist with slow-growing roots

causing accidental damage

every day.

To become part of nature

you must observe closely

and remain in one place.

Jellyfish/You are

mostly water

in an odd-shaped bag

with a few strings attached.

Michael Favala Goldman is a translator of Danish literature, a poet, educator, and jazz clarinetist. He has translated sixteen books of Danish poetry and prose, including Dependency, book three of The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen, which was selected among New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2021. His third book of poetry, Small Sovereign, was awarded First Prize for Poetry in the 2022 LA Book Festival. He lives in Northampton, MA, where he has been running bi-monthly poetry critique groups since 2018.


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