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A Kind of Shibboleth


by Ben Nardolilli

You were talking once, certainly a respectable and pedigreed form.

“How do you feel about the volume from the perspective of today?”

people familiar with any myth feel they have to join one side or the other,

I was falling back on something that had served in the past,
the slow but kinetic quality of existence and experience

out my translation mill: “I have probably been influenced by the modern art 
that I have looked at”

but I never expected it to see the light of day.

I am either an inspired seer or a charlatan who is trying to torment 

Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee MagazineRed FezDanse MacabreThe 22 MagazineQuail Bell MagazineElimae, fwrictionInwood IndianaPear NoirThe Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at and is looking to publish a novel.

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