How do bones grow in the womb? How do joint and joint
Discover each other?
You will find your way by tracing a line along the wall:
Watchmaker, you will struggle
Books will grow in your wounds. Microscopic,
Used books. They will force apart your skin, bubble over
Your bones will harden and you will not be permitted
Friends will come to you. So dance your counterintuitive dances!
And respond to everyone — you have earned your depth
........................................... Ilya Bernstein
Ilya Bernstein's collection of poetry is called Attention and Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003). His poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in Ars Interpres, Circumference, Fulcrum, 6x6, Persephone, Moon City Review, and Res. He is the editor of Osip Mandelstam: New Translations (UDP, 2006). He translates for a living and lives in New York City.
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