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M.E. Silverman


Noah Knocks on my Door, Drunk

Noah Knocks on my Door, Drunk


Open the door, dove.

Pull back the shade, son.

Let me and the gin—damnit!


            Between the ocean and rain, a boat.

            Between a boat and the sun, more rain.

            Between rain and a sky, stars, one sun.


I have a son, a father.

I have no son and one father.

I have no son, no father.


           Lord, let me not be the bird

           who flies free who flies far

           only to return, one olive

           in my mouth.



                                                the flood



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M. E. Silverman is editor and founder of Blue Lyra Review and Review Editor of Museum of Americana. He is on the board of 32 Poems. His chapbook, The Breath before Birds Fly (ELJ Press, 2013), is available. His poems have appeared in over 70 journals, including:Crab Orchard Review, 32 Poems, December, Chicago Quarterly Review, North Chicago Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Tapestry, The Southern Poetry Anthology, The Los Angeles Review, Mizmor L'David Anthology: The Shoah, Cloudbank, Neon, Many Mountains Moving, Pacific Review, Because I Said So Anthology, Sugar House Review, and other magazines. He recently completed editing a contemporary Jewish anthology with Deborah Ager from Bloomsbury and is working on a second one.

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