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Poem of the Week: “people you may know” by Rachelle Toarmino

By Rachelle Toarmino



people are looking at each other

through the wrong end of binoculars


it is so gaudy and gruesome

getting used

to someone again


there is the first moment

when you realize that someday

you will know this person

very intimately


and still it will feel

like returning to something


like you’re becoming

less specific

Contributor’s Note: RACHELLE TOARMINO will join fellow PressBoardPress authors Nava Fader and Patrick Riedy for a reading at 6 p.m. Friday at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. Her first chapbook, “Personal & Generic” (PressBoardPress), is a collection of visual poetry. She is a teacher at St. Mark School, clerk at Talking Leaves Books and co-founder and curator of Peach Mag, a new literary magazine. This poem originally appeared in the spring 2016 issue of Alien Mouth.