April 1, 2017 orangeq2017

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Gala Mukomolova

 

Brighton, of mothers
buying fresh fish,
rising over the din of car horns.

Homecoming,
helmetless bicyclist
moving through traffic
like a vulnerable raptor.

Babas gossip, pressing
their furred hoods together
almost kissing.

Her daughter, mouth full
of salt air
and broken Russian.

Coney Island, a freak show act—
trying to swallow the wrong sword.

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