The Works of Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik’s poetry has appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker and elsewhere.

All Poems © Simon Perchik


Inside the Earth an Earth

turning away the step by step

into morning - you wade


against this undertow, each wave

dragging you back with empty shells

and dying alone --you collect


a darkness till your hand

becomes the sun inside the sun

the slow, climbing turn


around her breasts, beginning

at the shoulders, the lips

the thighs grown enormous


lifted star by star by a night

made from stone though you

keep hearing the splash


deeper and deeper, pulled under

to dry, open for these shells

already halfway through


--you let the water think it heats

by itself, that your arms ran aground

were lost all along.