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 Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College. Her poems appeared in the Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Plume, Poetry London, the New York Times and PBS NewsHour, among others. Her third collection, Echolocation, was published by Plume Editions/Madhat Press in March 2018.