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Martha Zweig

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Martha Zweig is the author of Monkey Lightning (Tupelo Press, 2010), What Kind (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), and Vinegar Bone (Wesleyan University Press, 1999). She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. She lives in Vermont.

by this poet

The cold orange hands of the
salamanders still wrap and
unwrap the baby he dreams he was
then long before there was any human family.
Then their work was just beginning on the
damp stones and mosses too.

He had to be as little strange as
possible. They were
making the world & working on him too. He