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Sara Oliver Gordus


In the cast-iron city,
The sun was setting, 
Apartment dismantled.

I walked the streets and avenues
sloughing off layers of skin,
ripping out pages.

I'd expected a laugh.
My old journals.
Earnestness something I'd left behind.

But 20 years later
Soft-bodied still.
Walled by concrete.


Sara Oliver Gordus is a Baltimore-based writer and editor. Her writing has previously appeared in the Rumpus, Damfino Press, Nebo, and Radius Lit, among other publications.