about the author

Karen Neuberg lives with her husband in Brooklyn and West Hurley, NY. She holds an MFA from the New School and is associate editor of Inertia Magazine. Her chapbook, Detailed Still, was published by Poets Wear Prada Press in 2009. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, from east to west: bicoastal verse, and Mannequin Envy, among others.

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How this Hour Came to Empty

Karen Neuberg

As all the grit poured from her body,
her arms gave up their heat.
She wanted to (re)turn her face
into a fabled myth, forget
an understanding of seasons
which seemed to leave her
nothing except the quartering of years.
How like an occasional eclipse she felt—
so necessary to shield your eyes.
But only if you look.

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