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Ish Klein

Ish Klein is a poet and filmmaker who grew up in Long Island, New York. Her collections include Consolation and Mirth (Canarium Books, 2015), Moving Day (Canarium Books, 2011), and Union! (Canarium Books, 2009). She lives in Massachusetts.

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Bows from the Last Dance

Not enough left to make sure a swan stays

a swan until the end of the last act.

New strings need new arrangements, better bows,

a whole evening    you weren't dreaming.

A progression of swan to court lady

 requires a peasant girl in between.

Calculator, to me these things you show:

   a calculator requires a show

not a new lady dreaming between stays.