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Victoria Hallerman

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Victoria Hallerman is the author of The Aerialist (Bright Hill Press, 2005), winner of Bright Hill Press’s 2003 Poetry Book Competition. She lives in Staten Island, New York.

by this poet

Her life is the wire—she can never come down.
Sometimes she stops and sits on it to eat,
even sleeps there, her whole body stretched
as the wire is stretched. In sleep
she keeps her balance,
feet curled like a monkey’s
the habit of grasping:

she has never fallen.
She never will, not entirely.
Once in a while a