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 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.