05.12.17
Weekly poem on Trump Presidency

 

HENRY ISRAELI

Election, 2016

I spend half the night wrestling

            with a devil in plaid pajamas,

the suitcase sitting near the door

            urging me to call it a truce.

The bullet that wanders through

            my body finally hits its mark.

No, not the heart, but the window

            of a low rent hotel room in

the eastern corner of my abdomen.

            The desk clerk dropping keys

into rows of small wooden cubbies

            startles at the sound and reaches

for the phone, but the line is dead.

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Henry Israeli is the author of three books of translation and three books of poetry, most recently god's breath hovering across the water. He is also the founder of Saturnalia Books and a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

illustration: anna_croc01

illustration: anna_croc01