Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 New Voices |

Postcards

1. Belgium, outside Liège Fruit in Europe is sweetBut not sweeter. The flowersAre petite; no smaller. I tell you this my nieceWho was just born becauseYou cannot be born in more than One country. One hasOne langue maternelle and one little school. You can begin again but not that beginning. 2. Brussels, near a Window, late May In Europe, it's true they do put flowers in boxes; moreThings in general find themselves in cabinets with latches, the people,The cars in garages have hatches. At home, everything is elastic;Milk comes in plastic. (You'll see) See this Chip in my passport? Electric, insoluble, fixing a nationalityBetter than the tug in our veins. 3. Athens, in transit— A laugh transposes itself throughLanguage, artifact of translation. When Rome took Greece, the Greeks could not laughIn Latin. No Amount of blown gl

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Kascha Semonovitch writes and sometimes teaches philosophy in Seattle. She has a doctorate in philosophy from Boston College and an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a great deal of undocumented experience in motherhood, love, and travel. Her poems have appeared in Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Crab Creek Review, and other journals.

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