the louderARTS Project

Michele Kotler

Michele Kotler received her MFA in creative writing, poetry from the University of Michigan. She is the founding director of the Community~Word Project, a NYC based arts in education organization that trains and bring artists into under served public schools to ensure young people have a creative voice. She performs her poetry in New York City and her work has appeared in Washington Square and Painted Bride Quarterly.


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When Enough Can No Longer Be Enough

I. Before you went inside
you used to trace the rings braided under my eyes
and ask when I was going to slow down

I have been living outside the inside of your time
you have served three years and many days
and I braid these rings tighter and faster than I speak
I have been living like a same song played over and over
and I have been mistaking this song for my breath

II. When holding your breath
underwater
do you blame the water
or are you too exhausted to question
the too many hours in a row
that donít add up
to anything whole
that donít even
even out

III. Over three years ago
first call from the inside
no mistaking your voice
          they got my freedom
          not yours



© Michele Kotler



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