Michael Shepler

Cincinnati, Ohio
Michael Shepler
Cincinnati, Ohio

Poems

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1.
“Death will come and she will have your eyes” - Pavese

3 a.m.
Hour of the razor & the knife
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2.
The Same Dead Gangster
'How do I know this isn't the same dead gangster with the same brown Fedora? '
-Editor refusing to purchase a Weegee photograph


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3.
Movies Rewritten In Sleep
Shuffled like cards, even mixed
With unfilmed novels, unsold stories, lost poems
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4.
Imaginary Photograph By Brassai
It's the first black morning
The old man before you
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5.
The Translator
It was late in the year when the translator
Put down his pen.
Late, & the last leaves falling.
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6.
The Lover
What drove me to devote
My life to erasing the delicate
Frown lines around the mouths
Of discontented women?
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7.
Peppermint Schnapps
She pours a motel glass half full with Pepermint Schnapps,
Toasting her fellow-doomed-
Addressing them, oh so silently,
Calling each by name.
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8.
Akhmatova In Silver Lake
Her rice powdered face tips up from beneath the Chinese lantern
As, in a voice heavy with whiskey & cigarettes, she begins her soliloquy
& you see how gray she's become, waiting for the rain
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