By Shira Dentz


American is the new German,
German the new American.
A square of window might be
1/4 or 1/12 depending
on whether you think
said window is two panes
or one.
My name is Nazi Avenue.
I have a lot of gifts,
fertility isn’t one of them.
Glass against a night
sky is like paper
for any light before it
to be written on.


SHIRA DENTZ is the author of five full-length books, most recently, door of thin skins (CavanKerry) and how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her writing has appeared widely in venues including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, NPR, and Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and she is the recipient of awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards. She is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and lives and teaches in Upstate New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

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