Poetry slider — 01 June 2015



Heather Aimee O’Neill

Photo by Dino Kužnik

No, read the sign.

Inside, applause
like a symphonic song
infused with grief,

the never-finished arrangement steadily growing,

its own cohesive whole.

Celebrate the pleasures
of movement, textures,



howling within the dissonances.

The loneliness
of love rises

in the farewell,
meandering lines


strangers circling
one another, pried apart

under a microscope.

And in doing so,
a new harmony.


The above poem is an erasure from the following source text: “Mahler’s ‘Earth,’ Compressed By Schoenberg” by Corinna Da Fonesca Wollheim, The New York Times, MUSIC, October 26, 2012.

HeatherONeill_Pic1 Heather Aimee O’Neill teaches creative writing at CUNY Hunter College and is the Assistant Director of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. Her most recent collection of poetry, Obliterations, is co-authored with Jessica Piazza and forthcoming by Red Hen Press. A recent Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow, her poetry chapbook, Memory Future, won the University of Southern California’s Gold Line Press Award, chosen by judge Carol Muske-Dukes. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Time Out New York, Parents Magazine and Salon.com. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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