Eden Was Here / Shira Richman

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dancing girl press, 2014

Shira Richman’s poems, short stories, essays, and interviews have been published or are forthcoming in Bayou, PANK, Copper Nickel, Newfound, Palooka, Third Coast, Spoon River Poetry Review, Willow Springs, PopMatters, Crab Creek Review, Knockout, the Seattle Metro buses, and elsewhere. She lives in Nuremberg, Germany, where she studies German and Germans. She has been known to Bark for a literary blog (http://thebarking.com).

Whale Bound

what is whale
and where does it
end why didn’t baleen
sort us out inside
is safe and deranged
we could die
never knowing our
own ninevahs
or even if they
exist that we float inside
bellies of yeses we traded
for nos not so
unlike jonah
who also might grade
papers on saturday
papers on sunday
monday eve tuesday
no time to muse
on what one should write or
not write no time
to hear his own
alien echo on taste
budded tongue where
whale begins and where
he surely must end