Simon Perchick

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 Osiris Poems published by boxofchalk, 2017. For more information, including free e-books and his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities”, please visit his website at


Loose inside this rock…

Loose inside this rock
its light is surfacing
as driftwood –a sunken ship

hollowed out by waves
by swiping at prey
with night skies and coming back

–it’s a cup you’re holding
darkened from shallow water
and overhead a second moon

draining its still warm shadow
lets you drown as drift
–there’s nothing left to swallow

and though its mouth is closed
there is one moon now
for distances, the other, emptiness.

© 2019 Simon Perchick