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Poems By Alex Galper


Daring Winter Escape

that December,
rocking in a chair
and reading Rumi,
I ceased to reflect in a mirror.
you broke into tears:
"how can I trust you ever again?"

in January,
I began to levitate
by the chandelier
reading Hayam.
it made you nervous.
you learned to
throw the rope like a cowboy,
pulling me back into bed.

and in February,
I went into spontaneous combustion,
but you, ready for contingencies,
slept with a fire-extinguisher
and put the flames out,
destroying my plan
of daring escape
to the twelfth century Persia .

Translated by author and Marina Rubin

Alex Galper was born in Kiev, Ukraine and came to America at the age of 20. In 1996, he graduated from Brooklyn College majoring in Creative Writing. His poems have been published in many Russian magazines. Recently, he and his friends translated some of his works into English.



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