Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Rosenblum Poems published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, 2020. For more information including free e-books and his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at


Exhaustion, crowding, this dirt
needs to be tested
lets you sniff its breath for mist

and fever, is infected
and though it’s struggling
these graves were dug

as if the sky still exists
is burning underground –you monitor
the way this place pretends

it was once a sea
again and again by itself
curled around the Earth

till every stone here touched bottom
was breathing on its own
already coastline, could resist

beat back the waves you bring
as flowers, smelling from winds
with no where else to go.

© 2020 Simon Perchik