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Image by Steffen Lemmerzahl

The Shortcut

Retrace your steps
several times in the snow

until you find yourself
again at a dark wall

listening to the recital
of lost paths and forebodings

its words too soft to hear
of what might be a map

retrace your steps

Philip Venzke grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.  His most recent poems have appeared in Harbinger Asylum, Survision Magazine, Door Is A Jar, Bramble, The Deronda Review, Portage Magazine, and Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.  His chapbook Chant to Save the World received a 2nd Place Prize in Survision Magazine and Book’s 4th James Tate International Poetry Prize (to be published in Spring 2022).


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