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Poetry by Michael Brownstein 

Michael is a teacher in Chicago and the author of The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).




© 2011 Michael Brownstein








It does not matter how careful you are

crackers fall between the cracks,

quarters find creases in the couch,

bullets aimed here hit someone else.


Your hands can stop only that much

and your bones are not much better.


Everything safe a pinball game,

blood cold, air blowing through an opening,

sweat racing August’s heat.









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