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POEMS

E (yet)

By Marina Blitshteyn

how old were you when you moved?"

"months before the dissolution"

"do you remember it?"

"fear and quiet, a tank and the names of things"

"what did your parents do in Russia?"

"my mother was a doctor, my father an engineer"

a common narrative"

"what did they do when you moved?"

"they lost their careers"

"how old is your sister?"

"10 years older

a common narrative"

"does she have an accent?"

"I answer in English"

"how did you lose it?"

"the echo and talking back"

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Williamsville resident Marina Blitshteyn was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1991. These poems are from "Russian for Lovers," a collection of poems that explores love and exile through the formal constraint of the Cyrillic alphabet. It was published in February by Argos Books. She is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in poetry at Columbia University.

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