This month another Moon Prize,
the fortieth, goes to Gloria Mindock's powerful poem "Listen."
So many of us hear, at 2AM and
many other times besides.
The soldiers fire into the people,
grabbing women and young girls,
shoving bottles where no bottles should
The soldiers beat them until lips are
rape them again.
There is no boundary not broken.
travel from country to country.
The world says, “There is no proof.”
So many died without a burial
So many died in pits, unaccounted for.
Can’t you hear their weeping
How can you sleep?
How can you when the world
holds such a
stench, holds so many bones?
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"Listen" is from Gloria
Mindock's poetry collectionWhiteness of Bone(Glass Lyre
Gloria Mindock is the author of
five books of poetry, most recently, I wish Francisco Franco Would Love Me (Nixes Mate books, 2018). She is the
founding editor of Červená Barva Press and one of the USA editors
for Levure Litteraire (France). Widely published in the USA and abroad, her poetry has been translated and published
into Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Spanish, Estonian, Albanian, and
French. Gloria has been published in numerous literary journals and
anthologies, including Gargoyle, Web Del Sol, Poet Lore, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Muddy River Poetry Review, Unlikely Stories and Nixes Mate Review. She was the Poet Laureate in
Somerville, MA in 2017 and 2018.