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Poem of the Week: Niina Pollari

Poem of the Week: Niina Pollari

by Christopher Phelps on May 11, 2012

[Then there is this dream with its other bright edges]

Then there is this dream with its other bright edges,
a piece of paper spread over the flowering field,

thin as a reflection. You know what’s wound
tight there, wanting to undo.

Even when you don’t look, it is still there,

all brazen and sting, all blast-net of stars:

a single-walled room that is eating itself,

one big hole of hallway,
pale and crustacean. And inside it,

the milk-film bristles with light. Inside,

you keep filling with water,

and the water keeps filling with copies of you.

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Niina Pollari wrote two chapbooks of poetry, Fabulous Essential (Birds of Lace 2009) and Book Four (Hyacinth Girl 2011). With Judy Berman, she is editing the essay collection It’s Complicated: Feminists Write about the Misogynist Art We Love.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

YesYes Bøøks via Facebook May 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

fantastic!

Anna Jean Mallinson via Facebook May 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

It’s a sinister, cagey little poem

Ben M R 1988 May 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

This is a lovely poem

BENJAMIN RAUCHER

Ray May 15, 2014 at 6:35 am

this is just such a good poem. i showed up here fairly randomly. but this is just such. a. good. poem. thku

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