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WRITE ME, a short film adapted from my poem "After Auschwitz," directed by Pearl Gluck and

After Auschwitz

I am vague I am hazy I am indistinct

I am bodiless-

but my black Romani blood river runs

boils and bubbles and

pushes up Piotr’s daisies

I am faceless-

but my non-Aryan features glow searing hot

my crippled mouth and communist eyes

coal to cinder

fuel to Himmler’s furnaces

the fog of my Jewish bones

blurs Wladyslaw’s farmhouse

my homosexual tongue a licking lapping flame

a hideous gape, a burning yawning mask

my embers smolder in the wake of the Zyklon B

that fumigated my lungs

and left me breathless, voiceless, mute.


…so I am nameless…

I am vague I am hazy I am indistinct

Write me, Paul Celan

-your neighbor from Czernowitz

Write me, Nelly Sachs

-your neighbor from Berlin

Write me, Miklós Radnóti

-your neighbor from Budapest

Give me a body and fill me in and grant me life.

Birth me-

for oblivion awaits

Birth me-

lest I disappear

from the awareness of humanity

into the amnesia of history

…vapor and ash…

Adorno was wrong - there must be poetry.

Write me.


"After Auschwitz" first appeared in Voices Israel 2015 and was reprinted in Shirim Journal (August 2019).

This poem is included in my chapbook from Finishing Line Press.

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Windows and a Looking Glass by Deborah Kahan Kolb

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