2 poems by Shira Dentz


Footsteps on the ceiling


I read older yolks

are flatter

than young ones

(brazenly sunny and plump).

I am surprised tonight

by the moon’s silver crescent

and Venus’ arc.

Time for an ark to swim

out of the spoiled debris

hissing in patterns.

Please leave the fallen leaves unraked.



Anything Face


today

is

masca,


a pattern of bits


witch, specter, nightmare

buffoon

covering


anything to

guard

to hide and

to guard


making masks

makes of

a pattern

of

bits


covering used or

practiced for disguise

or concealment


a cloud before the face

cloud

the face


anything

bits,


centaurides and centaurs,

small solar system bodies

between the outer planets,


caught on a giant’s orb.


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Shira Dentz is the author of five books including SISYPHUSINA (PANK, 2020), winner of the Eugene Paul Nassar Prize 2021, and two chapbooks. Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review,Cincinnati Review, Iowa Review, New American Writing,Poets.org, and NPR, and she’s a recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and Poetry Society of America. More at www.shiradentz.com