Sally Bliumis-Dunn

October 18, 2019 Bliumis-Dunn Sally

The breeze this morning pulls on the surface of the bay,

spinning the short-clipped waves like the notes on the brass cylinder

of a music box—sky as open lid, miniature ballerina turning

more and more slowly in place

though these waves keep pulsing—no familiar tune

to let go when the ballerina finally stops.

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.