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Nina Kossman: The Bomb

A bomb said to a city:
“I’m falling.”

The city asked:
“Whose side are you on?”

The bomb said:
“I take no sides. I’m falling.”

The city said:
“Look around you.”

The bomb said:
“Too late.”

The city did not say anything.


“Dance of a fiery salamander” (painting by Nina Kossman)

Nina Kossman is a bilingual writer, poet, translator of Russian poetry, painter, and playwright. Among her published works are three books of poems in Russian and in English, two volumes of translations of Tsvetaeva’s poems, two books of short stories, an anthology she put together and edited for Oxford University Press, and a novel. Her work has been translated into Greek, Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish, Persian, and Dutch. She lives in New York.

Poem and image copyright 2021 Nina Kossman. All rights reserved.

3 comments on “Nina Kossman: The Bomb

  1. Barbara Huntington
    April 12, 2021

    Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Salomon
    April 12, 2021

    The poem and the painting comment on each other significantly, in the process expanding each. Lovely work!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Russell Buker
    April 12, 2021

    Nina this is a wonderful poem coupled with your usual great artistry

    Liked by 3 people

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