Marsh Hawk Review is an online poetry journal sponsored by the Marsh Hawk Press collective. Marsh Hawk Review will appear twice a year, under the revolving editorship of collective members. Each issue will offer a selection of poems solicited by the editor, in addition to new work posted by poets in the collective.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Michael Heller

from MAPPAH: A SEQUENCE


At Metro Belleville


Here, coming up

the steps as I go down,

the enigma of legitimacy--

can’t ask the youth

about his Bin-Laden t-shirt,


what brought this day,

what made him don

the garment,


what made his eye

unenterable, made

his face the ground

that forbids a smile.


Not far to Rue des Rosiers,

its old Jewish-owned shops,

not far from one's legitimacy

or one's illegitimacy


Not far, perhaps a distance

to be traversed in milliseconds

from the poet Darwish’s

“eloquence of blood”

to my stoppered voice.


Not far from the eternity

of identity conferred

at the cost of one’s consonance,

at the cost of one’s mutualitĂ©.

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