Diane Gottlieb writes open-hearted stories about people in pain who choose to grow.

Diane Gottlieb: At the Public Library—Surrounded by the Likely in Ordinary People Poems For Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

Diane Gottlieb: At the Public Library—
Surrounded by the Likely
–after Megan Fernandes

I am being interrogated by all the things I do not believe in.
But even in this room where our thoughts
are still free, where the musty smell of page upon page bound
hard between covers or paperbacks, especially here, I feel
the weight of books burned in bonfires, set ablaze
in some wild group-think frenzy. Like religion.

Bodies too. But body-burning is less
harried, more mechanical. Technical.


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