Author Archives: Risa Denenberg

from “what we owe each other”

Ode to Brevity   Why does transience brew such dread? It’s not difficult to grasp that gentle dispatch, not longevity, is the kinder portion. He ate a full breakfast each morning while he could still chew. A thimbleful of hemlock, sooner … Continue reading

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After reading

After reading Meridian by Kathleen Jesme Paper is easier to find (back of a sales slip, the blank end sheet in the book itself ) than a pen.                                      The absence of a pen, the lost thought.         … Continue reading

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the missing comma

She wanted a long, lean body, closed her eyes as she grabbed chubby hips licked saggy tits, tried to re-enter, womb over fist. Bang! We make so much of this small discharge of neurons, this exclamation mark. A flower-pot of love-sick … Continue reading

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I vow to write a poem at the ocean’s edge

Kant touts good will, but Einstein swears by relativity. I’d bet a week’s wages on Einstein. There is no certainty. I feel fruitless as if I’d swallowed an entire grapefruit. I am mouthing unknowns, because there are so many of … Continue reading

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Traveling light

Lying in bed, uncertain if I would sleep. Leaping off habitual paths, a gecko in heat. No dream in sight, my rubbish soaked in rain — a sodden mess. I watch how clouds surrender weight ─ drop by drop.  

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Pirouette

It’s how nothing happened. How my talentless body macerated my rapturous mind in the pickle of wanting.  It’s my try at the talent show and I find it broken in its cardboard envelope. I did the ballet routine sans Vivaldi, … Continue reading

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Where I’m at (a prose poem)

It all seemed to coalesce after I donated my television with its ancient VCR player to the intern house at Copper Canyon Press. My sluggish connection out here on Discovery Bay won’t stream. YouTube just hiccups and sputters, and I … Continue reading

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