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Two Poems

Poetry Stefania Heim


The sea swallows bodies
and spits them out smarter

Sob of your iron
on the black linen dress

At crosswalks startled
by the proximity of strangers

Faces at windows
The wave of you comes and comes

What a strange thing a house is
when it’s not lit up


Because of the hills, we feel
lonely, because the river smells

closer than it is.
The country is only one language.

We say comfort and mean
that though there are more stars here

than we can imagine,
there is still one small, cream room.

It is small enough.

This is one kind of writing:
at the base of every hill

I imagine there is water.
But the water is farther off.
No. 15

No. 15


Stefania Heim ​is the author of the chapbook 3 Poems (Hand Held Editions), and the cofounder of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. She is a doctoral candidate in English and Chancellor’s Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center. 


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