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Elegy

for all the
skinny
lovely
wistful
brilliant
brave
unread
poetry
collections
out there
with their
spines
leaning
left or
right or
maybe
posture
perfectly
straight
like our own
beloved
children
standing
at attention
chin up
chest out
name tag
showing
or else
horizontal
piled
supine
like the dead
like so
much dust
collecting
dust

Poem by Paul Hostovsky

Image by Adam Strong

Paul Hostovsky’s poems have won a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net Awards, and have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. He makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter. Website: paulhostovsky.com

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