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Elisabeth Murawski

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What to Do

I drag you back, arms


from the hole

in the ice.

Sputtering and frayed,

you bristle

like a bedeviled cat,

as if the water

down there were better

than the air

you shy from.

Was I wrong

to think

like Tsvetaeva

you didn’t wish to be dead,

just not to suffer?

When her feet

left the chair,

she had no one

to cut her down.

About the Author: Elisabeth Murawski is the author of Heiress, Zorba’s Daughter (May Swenson Poetry Award), Moon and Mercury, and three chapbooks. Still Life with Timex won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA, USA.


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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