With Bird’s-eye View

By Karen Neuberg

I can tell you I’ve fallen onto the critical

stage after the stage itself has fallen

into the overlap of real & imaginary.

De-centered in the movement

of information, I want to hold reality

still enough to be held without invention, without the sea

of stimulation fusing aftermath & explanation.

I’m standing in a standstill, opening a book, studying its map

trying to glean event with bird’s-eye view,

wanting to understand what I can do, then do it.




Karen Neuberg lives in Brooklyn, NY and West Hurley, NY. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including Big City Lit, Coe Review, DIAGRAM, Louisville Review, SLAB, and Superstition Review, among others. Her chapbook, Detailed Still, was published by Poets Wear Prada Press. Links to her work can be found at karenneuberg.blogspot.com.

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