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"Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard." Anne Sexton 

Heather Brager is a critically acclaimed juggler of calamity, an accomplished procrastinator, and shuffler of idioms. Her poetry and drawings can be found in various digital and print journals around the globe, and on the web.  She currently resides in New England and prefers the precipice of where the Atlantic meets the sand to the official looking office where she spends most of her time. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

within perspective.

from up where the world
expands vast with highs and lows
dips dark and elevation dazzling
with breaks in shadow formed under vapor
suspended gnarls depicting elegant endurance
clutch the overhangs in place

on the ground, with the grit of independence
the slurry of safety in anonymity
the air sultry with expectancy and
sirens threaten the distance, with late-night cracks
slapping the scene from its knees on the floor

midway though, a window is opened
and she rinses a dinner plate and fork
questioning the subtle ache in her chest
reluctant to settle, somewhere under the lights
she considers expanding the views
and with wet hands, tosses her scrutiny

© heather brager 8.16.2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

if not now.

ticking muted clocks
with rhythm in our blueprints
already measured

what if I need you
despite all the resistance
slow time down a bit

what if I spoke it
wanting what is possible
suspension instead

clicking these moments
the warp of our perception
lodged within the gears

© heather brager 8.13.2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

pay her no mind.

she had hesitated and wept
but she made up her mind

she had chosen her position
she had positioned her hopeless options

so inside of the boundaries
within the shaky walls, stacked against
she had decided what was best

Then she fucking changed her mind.