Salt and sour bait
in the wind, night-
crawlers pulsing
in a styrofoam cup.

I untangle one
and bait it. The hooked
worm loops around
and around itself.

I bring you bass
strung by their mouths
like a bundle of shiny
peppers, eyes like
maps of a lake.



Tara Skurtu is an American poet and translator based in Romania. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry, her poems appear in magazines such as Salmagundi, The Kenyon Review, and Poetry Review. Tara is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game (Eyewear). She teaches creative writing in Bucharest.

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