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Karen Neuberg's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in decomP, Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century, PoetryBay and others. She's a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, holds an MFA from the New School and is associate editor of Inertia Magazine. Her chapbook, Detailed Still, is available from Poets Wear Prada Press. Links to more of her work can be found on her blog at


The Entire History of Your Fires
The entire history of her fires
wedges between green logs
and ashes. Stale smoke ascending
into chaos scrapes
alongside her in sleep. She's seen
desire turn
into an old woman, seen it turn into
twenty songs depicting her entire story.
Dreams caught strolling up the sides
of memory, as if memory
was nothing more than just a chimney
emptying her past
into anonymity of sky. 

Previously published in:
Keyhole Magazine, Issue 4, 2008
Detailed Still, Poets Wear Prada Press, 2009