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Elisabeth Murawski
Author of Zorba’s Daughter, winner of the 2010 May Swenson Poetry Award, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks: Troubled by an Angel and Out-patients. Hawthornden fellow, 2008. In her heart, she has never left the “city of the big shoulders” where she was born and raised.

 

 


 

 

 

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In the Meadow

World on East 84th

 

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       In the Meadow

 

There’s a picture of him

in the slideshow:

 

a boy with bandy legs

hanging from a branch,

 

on his face a climber’s

monkey joy. Taken years ago

 

when I brought him here

to see the cows, the clouds.

 

Now I say out loud

I don’t know where you are.

 

A leaf drifts down

from the oak.

 

Kayakers in the river.

An insect, half grasshopper,

 

half bee, buzzes the thin

orange marker. Lands,

 

clings, flies off,

veers back. Again

 

and again. Deliberate,

persistent

 

as grief. Look.

A white butterfly.

 

Isadora

loose in the meadow.

 

 

 

 

 

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World on East 84th

 

 

 

Often I hear her singing in 5D,

the svelte soprano with the French

twist. We share a lighter heart

 

for blonde Jim in 4G. I let him be

Hamlet if he wants, brooding

drama major. One night while he’s

 

starring on my couch, she starts

and stops, begins again,

perfectionist, practicing a lied

 

in high German. We thrash about

in the dark, our ship going down

to what has to be Mahler.

 

The furniture tilts, slides, a cut-

glass vase breaks, spilling

the remains of a red red rose.

 

He casts me off like a shirt.

The fish in its globe swims to me

through dooms of separation.

 

 

 

©2015 Elisabeth Murawski

 

 

Author Links

 

Winning poem in Mudfish Competition (Judge: Charles Simic) by Elisabeth Murawski

'Dirge': poem in Virginia Quarterly Review

'Hardy's Fiddle': audio of a poem by Elisabeth Murawski at RHINO

'Hopkins Room': poem by Elisabeth Murawski which received
an Honorable Mention in the Poetry of the Sacred Competition

 

 

 

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