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Stefania Heim

Stefania Heim’s most recent poetry collection is Hour Book, selected by Jennifer Moxley as winner of the Sawtooth Prize and forthcoming in 2019 from Ahsahta Press. A National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, she is the translator of Geometry of Shadows: The Italian Poems of Giorgio de Chirico, forthcoming from A Public Space Books in 2019. Heim teaches at Western Washington University and lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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So Torn by My Tides

So torn by my tides, I do not know I can read them.

Hour book, our book. “H” in Italian is a tool, not a sound. My mother slips the “h” in only where it doesn’t belong. Our book, our book. How events just accumulate in time. Who will we lose in the duration of this writing. The promise of future children named for our beloved dead. Whispered at caskets. An hour dead. How many hours.

 

In our village the streets empty at appointed times. If life were a time-lapse video, lingering would be more visible than slipping away. Invisible motions the more pronounced. Once I stood akimbo, 8PM mid-street, waiting for everyone to go. I am astonished, in memory, by the boldness of it. Did everyone go?

                      How many ours.