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Lynn Melnick

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Lynn Melnick

Lynn Melnick is the author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012). She teaches poetry at the 92nd Street Y, is the social media & outreach director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Near midnight I’m held
hostage to the hazy upshot in the corner

velvet near a laced up tree and curious how I got here.

What a crowd! I think
and I think I should hoard my stash in my shoe.


Did you catch the census takers trying to autocorrect
the shelterbelt out of my history

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Into the fluorescent rough country
headlong into bulks of flesh

impatient to outspend me

and who wouldn’t fold real quick
under the weight of America’s sales and specials.

I believed then I didn’t

that I was different than I am
in my own skin in this