Clothes Drying on the Balcony


The black jacket shrugs on its hanger,

free of my hunched shoulders. Black panties,

pinned in a row, gape like toothless grins.

This is the form I’ll take some day:

gray shirt waving its empty sleeves,

bra sagging without soft breasts, socks

like a squadron of crows. Only

red anklets sway like revelers

at a wake, kicking up their heels.



Photo By: Ken Neoh

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About Author

Karen Kovacik is the author of several collections of poetry, including Metropolis Burning, Beyond the Velvet Curtain and Nixon and I. Her work as a poet and translator has received numerous honors, including the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, a fellowship in literary translation from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland for her translations of contemporary Polish poetry. In 2013, her booklength translation of Agnieszka Kuciak’s Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don’t Exist appeared from White Pine Press, and in 2014, her anthology of Polish women poets, Calling Out to Yeti, is also forthcoming from White Pine. She served as Indiana’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.

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