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FEBRUARY 1st

by

Evelyn Posamentier



grandmother has a birthday
with the afterdead. ilan
ramon is joining her.
i am awakened by the news
one saturday morning.
the afterdead explode & die all over
again as a spaceship glows into pieces.
shoah grandmother leaves door ajar --
it is february 1st.

petr ginz is a boy preserved
in the shoah museum.
he struggles with his pencil.
he views an earth that can
hurt no more from
afar, from a lunar landscape.

ilan ramon reaches back &
resurrects the shoah boy
to bring him & his drawing
along to outer space. their arms
stretch out across sky & stars.
everyone who has ever died
explodes again in unison.

petr & ilan & grandmother
celebrate the sweetness
of the afterdead. it can be

no other way




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Recent poems online can be found at The Quarterly Journal of Ideology, Born Magazine, The DIAGRAM, 2 River View, SoMa Literary Review, Big City Lit and The Mississippi Review Online. Work is forthcoming in the February/March issue of nthposition. This is Evelyn Posamentier's second appearance in 3am Magazine.


Petr Ginz (1928-1944)
Moon Landscape, 1942-1944, Theresienstadt
Pencil on paper
Gift of Otto Ginz
Collection of the Yad Vashem Art Museum, Jerusalem




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