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 in New York City. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Her two books, Talking Underwater and Second Skin were published by Wind Publications in 2007 and 2010. Galapagos Poems was published by Kattywompus Press in 2016. Her third full-length collection, Echolocation, was published by Plume Editions/Madhat Press in March, 2018. Echolocation was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Best Poetry Book for 2019 and long-listed for the Julie Suk Award.