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Hadara Bar Nadav

The Sea (Melanoma in Situ)

I imagine you watery, full of rust-
            red strands, like one of Klimt’s swimming
                        women with gills for eyes, eyelids
            quilted in blush brocades and silks.
There is something fish and flat
            about you, your slit eye and the flake
                        of your skin. There is an eye
            about you, where seeing begins
and ends, orbital bone needled
            by wiry thread. You sink in emerald
                        eels of water where shadows
            are born, and cannot see. You nod
and wake in your chemical sea.
            Mechanical with want, eyeless.




HADARA BAR NADAV's newest book of poetry, The New Nudity, is forthcoming from Saturnalia Books in 2017.  She is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize.  She is also author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press 2010), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize.  In addition, she is co-author of the textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson/Longman, 2011).  Her poetry has recently appeared in American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.  She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.



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