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Unterberg Poetry Center

The thing itself

should be an item

or a place on a map.

It should be gum

desperation. Should be thick

ham. Should be not knowing

where to place

your hands.

A bone

of thought, tiny

and cold

and hard.

A native New Yorker, Nora Kurtz is a student at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.