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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Prague and Tongue

by Karina van Berkum

Like Tongue, the word
Prague is spelled
for its swollen center

and placement,
which snakes before
it stalls.

This winter I hid inside
both for a while
while the leadfaced

neighbors worked fast
on their own
obsessions. Alone,

I learned to be in love
with neither town
nor appendage

whose shining, wasted
forms ache against
one another:

Prague from Tongue
in a moment of silent
lunacy, say,

and Tongue sitting wet
in a gray station,
dying to go.

1 comment:

  1. Once again I find on Camel Saloon a very good poet whose work I'm not familiar with--but the name Karina van Berkum has a sound as interesting as Prague and Tongue. I don't think I'll forget it when I encounter the name again.