Tim Suermondt

Stalin Dies

My neighbor, Dimitri, kills him everyday:

�That will teach him.�

And because he says �Stalin dies� everyday,

everyday is good, just,

everyday those who are suffering are rounded

up, but only to be healed.

And everyday a man or woman rows

a boat along a canal,

pushing on out to sea, going anywhere,

secure that they�ll always be coming back.

Tim Suermondt

TIM SUERMONDT is the author of two full-length collections: Trying to Help the Elephant Man Dance ( The Backwaters Press, 2007 ) and Just Beautiful from New York Quarterly Books, 2010. He has published poems in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine (U.K.), and has poems forthcoming in Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, Plume Poetry Journal and North Dakota Quarterly, among others. After many years in Queens and Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

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