July 2, 2013
Every time we mention the dead
My pores have forgotten the garlic.
When you die before Americans
You have to get used to
Expecting the rocky coast of Maine
There is an abundance of whitefish salad
Here, this one is exactly your size.
From “Marginal Road” (Hollyridge Press, 2009)
Rachel M. Simon is the author of the poetry collections “Theory of Orange” and “Marginal Road.” She teaches writing, gender studies and film courses at Marymount Manhattan College at
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