Sally Bliumis-Dunn

September 26, 2016 Bliumis-Dunn Sally



We see the public statues


water-stained and darker now.


Small bullet scars on buildings—



how can it be so quiet?


Though I keep almost hearing


someone close behind me,



the not quite footsteps,


voices traveling toward me,


and I am in a dog’s world



without the dog’s keen hearing.


I have only my sad psyche


where rounded cobblestones



appear like tops of shaven heads


and underneath,


the rest of their clothed bodies,



cramped into a crowd


mercilessly, still standing.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches at the 92nd Street Y and offers writing consultations. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, Plume, Poetry London, Prairie Schooner, RATTLE, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Her third book, Echolocation, was published by Plume Editions/MadHat Press in March of 2018 and was shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award, a longlist finalist for the Julie Suk Award and Runner Up for the Poetry By the Sea Best Book Award.