Does it scare you?
I ask my girls
who want me to
climb in—
by which I mean,
You don’t really
want to look
like me now
do you?
–as if their laughter
weren’t part
of my question,
as if my question
were a dolphin
rising from
below, friendly,
as if I could
find out what
I’m made of
by asking them.
NUDE by Annie Kantar

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About Author


Annie Kantar's poems and translations of poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, as well as The Adirondack Review, The American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Birmingham Review, Cincinnati Review, Drunken Boat, Entropy, Rattle, and others. Her translation from the Hebrew of With This Night, the final collection of poetry that Leah Goldberg published during her lifetime, was published by University of Texas Press (2011), and was shortlisted for the ALTA Translation Prize. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and a Fulbright Scholarship to translate Hebrew poetry. She directs the English Program at Shalem College in Jerusalem.

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