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After Sappho by Judith Roitman

Flowers under the throne.JudyPic

Her shimmering mind.

Stop. Start.

Iridescent rain & portico.

Sky focus.

First, indirect speech.

And she’s there! She herself is there!

The fire put out

Rendered together at your side.

This has always been so special to me.

~ Judith Roitman

Born and raised in New York City, Judith Roitman landed in Lawrence KS in 1978 after bouncing back and forth between the coasts, and has been here ever since. Her book No Face: Selected and New Poems was published by First Intensity Press in 2008. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including (most recently) First Intensity, Spectaculum, Locus Point, Delirious Hem, and Bird Dog.

7. To the Stars Through Difficulty: Judith Roitman

The way an artery spikes,
blue fire and light,
bullet sky, bullet brain,
confused edge.
Who meets here?
drowned against what fence?
Fire branches, mourned
& wings:
two, none, here.
“Where did they go, mommy?”

– Judith Roitman

34. Past Muster

If you leave the road you die

If you don’t leave it who will talk to you

who will hold your hand and step forward

like a flag dipped

in light, a crack

in the sidewalk, the horse

past muster?

– Judith Roitman

Published in No Face, First Intensity Press

Born and raised in New York City, Judith Roitman landed in Lawrence KS in 1978 after bouncing back and forth between the coasts, and has been here ever since. Her book No Face: Selected and New Poems was published by First Intensity Press in 2008. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including (most recently) First Intensity, Spectaculum, Locus Point, Delirious Hem, and Bird Dog.

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