DECEMBER 8 Reader: MIKE SMOLINSKY

Mike Smolinsky is pursuing an MFA in poetry at Rutgers-Newark. He grew up on Long Island and has lived on the west coast and in the midwest. For the past 10 years he has worked as a medical writer and editor in NYC.

Smolinsky

from  The Strawberry Pop Tart                                                              After Louise Glück

 … Lovers,

were you like me long ago,

before you were grown? Did you

allow yourselves to be needed,

who would rarely show

such sweetness again? Because

in truth I’m speaking now

the way you do. I speak

because I’ve been burned.

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