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Paul Otremba

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Paul Otremba is the author of two collections of poetry, The Currency (Four Way Books, 2009) and Pax Americana (Four Way Books, 2015). He teaches at Rice University and in the Warren Wilson low-residency MFA program.

by this poet


I don't think they'll find the new weaving
anywhere finer than truth.
—Osip Mandelstam

I've tried to sift a truth finer than salt
from my mouth. It matters: I get up

or I do not. The books can wait, leaves
burn themselves these days, and the day

begins or it does not. Now wingless,
a wasp