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  • You draw the map on her dress
  • Simon Perchik (bio)

You draw the map on her dressshade in each afternoonwith a gentle stroking—here

the storm will be, the chalkis already falling backbreaking apart over the fixed point

where the earth was loweredthe way all graves are calmedand though the dress is black

you hold it up as a gestureguiding her with a nightthat now weighs nothing

will circle over and over as the sleeveno longer whitened by moonlighttaking so long to finish, becomes the path

helping you stay on your feetonce there’s no chalk leftno sparks and the heaviness. [End Page 166]

Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, the Nation, Osiris, Poetry, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books, and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” visit his website at



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