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Day 2: Tupelo Press 30/30 Poetry Project ( National Poetry Month)


The upside-down piano in the green 
dumpster is my silver-wire 


I find a ladder and 
pull it up from piles of 

pizza boxes. Stale soda 
spills over on my lacework skirt.

Once I saw 

the old piano in Liberty Island. 
Its keys were like pieces of stairs.

Between strings, 
there were cobwebs. You found 

a fingerprint on the black ledge.

I listened to Ernest Nazareth 
for the first time when you hummed 

phrases of tango and played on my clavicle. 

I open 

the score. My fingertips 
turn dusty-gray. I wipe off the keys 

with my sleeves 

like you used to do. 

***Note: “Silver-wire heartache” is from Flower Conroy, Day 1 Poem: You Should Have a Fool in Your Poem. Thank you very much for this inspiration.

*Click* 30/30 Project by Tupelo Press 

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Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collections, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” and “Cochlea”, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in May, 2017. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry co…