Dan Machlin

Untitled [“Your modicum”]

Your modicum
of understanding — evening

several things you
thought you’d lost, a
ring, a cat, an old
friend are merely misplaced

People are hiking in
the leftover space near train tracks,
a woman snaps a photo
of an old abandoned house
as you view her going by from afar —

a relativity that reminds
you of translation — a bit
of loss each time
digital media is copied


Dan Machlin‘s books and chapbooks include Dear Body: (Ugly Duckling Presse), 6×7 (Ugly Duckling), This Side Facing You (Heart Hammer) and In Rem (@ Press). His poems have appeared in The Recluse, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Veritas, Figuring Color (ICA Boston), and are forthcoming in SplitLevel Journal. He was a 2012-2013 LMCC Workspace writing fellow and has received awards from CLMP/Jerome Foundation and Fund for Poetry. He has also taught writing at Naropa University Summer Writing Program and The Poetry Project. He is the Founder and Executive Editor of Futurepoem books.