PoetryIssue 11 | January 2011

Two Poems by Ani Gjika

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It’s snowing in a way that reminds me
of people who rarely complain.

I imagine the oldest woman eating bread: silent,
half asleep, softly chewing mngna and mngna.

I am thankful for snow
and the black stillness of evergreens
the way they line up on the street
here in my New England.

I have made it mine, the way
a young girl finds someone’s lipstick
and makes it hers.

It doesn’t matter that it’s half used
it matters that it’s lipstick and she wears it
down to her chin.

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About the author

Born and raised in Albania and married to an Indian poet, Ani Gjika transfered to the U.S. at 18 and is currently a teaching fellow at Boston University, pursuing an MFA in poetry. She is the recipient of a 2010 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship and a 2010 Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize for her translations from the Albanian of poems by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Gjika’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in MIPOesias, Salamander, Seneca Review, Stirring: A Literary Collection and elsewhere.

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