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Four Poems from The Identity Thief in the Laurel Review (Winter 2014, 47.2) - April 15, 2015

Take a look at the current issue of The Laurel Review for four new poems from my completed manuscript, The Identity Thief. There’s a pair of meta-lyrical meditations on writing and translating–”To Assemble This Poems Properly” and “To Translate This Poem Properly”–as well as a short piece about a bedside vigil and the keen of small airplanes carrying donor organs that “rise, piece by piece, on cloaks // of dry ice.” And then, of course, a Latin adaption from my favorite Neo-Latin poet and 17th century Pole: Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (1595 – 1640). In “Hide and Seek” I borrow his plaintive voice once again to ask if “a gap [that] breaks / in a bank of clouds” is in fact “your big toe testing the water?”

Derek Mong