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Bzura

She has three last names none real. One for each marriage and one mangled from a trip through Ellis Island (as if that kerchiefed head could pass for English) the injured one lasting a century a name taken from the … Read More

By / November 1, 2006

She has three last names none real. One for each marriage and

one mangled from a trip through Ellis Island (as if that kerchiefed head could pass for English)

the injured one lasting a century a name taken from the Polish river Bzura, found on a faded map, a place

marked by nothing but a history of futile fighting back. These three names jumble

anagrams in Garamond recorded in a book of yearnings. Today she's River Woman

made of dried mud. And tomorrow a package arrives addressed to another.

Gornisht, she says, glances backward. Ungrips the past. Begins to unwrap.

 

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