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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Deborah Hauser

Widow’s Walk by Deborah Hauser

Widow’s Walk
by Deborah Hauser

Mist shrouds the city.
Clouds hang low, still sulking.
Thunder rattles concrete bones.
Sirens announce some new injury.

I sip a cold, weak cup of tea.
I’ve lost track of time,
has it been three weeks?

Stepping through the window
onto the fire escape, I steel myself
for the November moon waxing
over tower ruins.

I keep watch for you, sailor.
This wilderness, the new frontier.
Cosmopolitan beauty rises from the ashes.

Deborah Hauser lives on Long Island. She is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She received an MA in English Literature from Stony Brook University. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in dogwood, DASH, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Pedestal Magazine, and -gape-seed- (Uphook Press). deborahhauser.com

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Apartment 6B by Deborah Hauser

Apartment 6B
by Deborah Hauser

I ride an unfamiliar subway line downtown
clutching a bakery box
by the tense red and white string
rehearsing how to greet her.

6B. I press the bell firmly.
She buzzes sharply in reply.
At the end of the dark hallway
the door has been left ajar.

I enter the narrow room
where she lives now.
Efficient, I think, but cheerless.
Until, I see the small terra cotta pot
perched on the window ledge
bearing a single yellow blossom.

Deborah Hauser lives on Long Island. She is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She received an MA in English Literature from Stony Brook University. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in dogwood, DASH, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Pedestal Magazine, and -gape-seed- (Uphook Press). deborahhauser.com

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