Always a Mercy

Maria Dylan Himmelman

Tomorrow always packs a fresh challenge in her pocketbookand prayer is rarely answered by the party you are callingListen to someone who has been around awhileafter all, it takes a hundred-year droughtto expose the remains of a shipwreckSomething else I want you to know—sawfish have lips as luscious as a mangoand it's almost always a mercy to bedenied the things you want mostI remember after the warwomen drew lines down the backsof their legs, then went into the streetand kissed perfect strangersGod I hope that doesn't happen againNo shoes on the couch. Peels in the trash

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Maria Dylan Himmelman is the author of Sundry Abductions (Hanging Loose Press, 2023), which won the first annual Founders Award. Her work has appeared in Image Journal, Nimrod, Plume, New Ohio Review and Iterant among others. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Hudson Valley.

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Brooklyn, New York

“Himmelman’s poems are narrative and lyric... spare and theological... dangerous and witty... surreal... obsessed with the little details of our lives. These poems contain the lines that you’ll text and email to friends. I love this book.”
—Sherman Alexie

“Now that I’ve read Sundry Abductions, I feel years closer to knowing what I want from poetry: linguistic interest; surprises that reveal truths I couldn’t have guessed; intelligence; beauty that is not easy.”
—Shane McCrae

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