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Keeping Things Real

April 5, 2012

by Zackary Sholem Berger

after Mark Strand

In a field
I’m not one of
the cows.
This is
always the case.
For all x not equal to me
I am not x.

When I walk
I don’t stay still
and always
the air moves in
since gas is
compressible.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I’ve been
kicked out by my girlfriend.


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Zackary Sholem Berger (website) is a Baltimore-based poet and translator writing in Yiddish and English. His first book of poetry came out in 2011. Titled Not in the Same Breath, it’s 1/3 Yiddish, 1/3 English, and 2/3 pretty pictures, and can be purchased here.

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  1. Anonymous
    April 8, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Truly captures the humor that Mark Strand has in his work, love the sense of dialogue & obviousness that is simple yet profound. Nice.

  1. April 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm
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