nefesh

by Jennifer Barber

 
translated
in the margin note

as throat or gullet, soul

place in
the windpipe where

breathing grows visible

and the mouth
gulps air,

hatchling
with an open beak,

a swift in mid-flight,

hunger that alights
with no

warning in the grass,

in the psalmist's
O my soul.

 

 

Jennifer Barber is the author of Given Away (2012) and Rigging the Wind (2003), both from Kore Press. She teaches at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is a founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. This poem originally appeared in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of the Bulletin.

 

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