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Shira Dentz

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Shira Dentz is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry) and the sun a blazing zero (forthcoming, Lavender Ink/Diálogos). She is also the author of the full-length collections door of thin skins (CavanKerry, 2013) and black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman, 2010), and the chapbooks FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, 2016) and Leaf Weather (Shearsman, 2012). She teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and lives in New York.

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place where i gulp,

a tiny back room

somewhere distant and indistinct,

or a small house off a backroad &

cozy with little turkish rugs, crayon-colored furniture and things,

dollhouse-size, but alive,

flexing wide like a spongy sea creature

or lung. forming want.

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i try plying it with different

                We have a single sky.

                     have a single slash

a single sleeprose
single sleeverosebud
single slaprosette
single sliceroster