FALL 2009

Naomi Feigelson Chase


We're on an ice floe. I'm in a big hat.
He's swept away.

In an old Vienna tintype, my father wears a dress,
Like Irish boys, to fool the gods.

I kerosened my marriage wig, dropped a match on it
To stop our war.

“Take your toothbrush,” Aunt told Uncle,
When the SS came for him.

There is always someone I'm in love with.
Who wrote this down.


Naomi Feigelson Chase’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Harvard Review, 5AM, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Her latest poetry book is Gittel, The Would-Be Messiah, A Novel in Verse. Anonymous Fox is forthcoming late in 2009.



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