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July 23, 2018 / barton smock

person Elijah Tomaszewski, two poems

ISACOUSTIC*

Elijah Tomaszewski received his MFA from Rosemont College and his BA from Susquehanna University. His work has been featured in Bright Sleep, Easy Street, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Jet Fuel Review, [apt], RiverCraft, and Tacenda Press. He lives in Philadelphia.

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tradition

a child is not to sleep in a crib without a red string tied around a rung,
as this could invite the Evil Eye.

a child is not to be named before its birth,
as this could also invite the Evil Eye.

a child is not to be named for a living relative,
as this could confuse the Angel of Death.

a child is not to be named for a dead relative,
as this could further confuse the Angel of Death.

a child is not to be kissed on the feet,
as the dead are asked for forgiveness in this way.

a child…

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