Poetry: Simon Perchik’s “You sharpen one hand with the other”

////Poetry: Simon Perchik’s “You sharpen one hand with the other”

Simon Perchik


You sharpen one hand with the other

“Hercules and Love Affair” by Alex Nizovsky

though you’ve heard it all before
how every embrace traps the light

these dead feed on, need each grave
closing in on the others, a fireball, the sun
to find its moon in the sound

stone makes invisible when singing
in rows –you hear this chorus as a song
about coming home which means a shoreline

arm over arm emptied into the sea
starting again from the beginning
–in such a darkness you smell from salt

and longing –are torn apart on the spot
by pebbles and mountains within reach
waiting just below the surface.



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

Image: “Hercules and Love Affair” from The Antique Series by Alex Nizovsky. Acrylic and iridescent lacquer on canvas. 24 x 36 inches (61 x 91 cm). Nizovsky is a Russian-born artist, designer, and biologist who lives and works in Sausalito, California. He also works in mixed media materials (paper, cardboard, prints and glass) to produce collage work. In the early years of his career Nizovsky worked as an art director in the media industry and founded an advertising agency and production studio. He has created visuals and digital design for The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, Sony Pictures, Condé Nast (GQ), General Motors (Chevrolet), Johnson & Johnson, and other international brands.


By | 2018-11-26T00:23:24+00:00 November 26th, 2018|LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Poetry|