“Painless Poem” by Paul Hostovsky


Remember this poem? its simple
rooms? its window full of trees? the white

gable which you loved?
how its lone triangle seemed to encompass
all humanity? and the spiky yellow sun

exploding somewhere outside of it?

Of course you do. In fact you’re reciting it
right now, standing on one foot in the room
of a different poem.


Paul Hostovsky has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac; and published in Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, New Delta Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry East, and many other journals and anthologies. He won the Comstock Review‘s Muriel Craft Bailey Award in 2001, as well as chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Riverstone Press, Frank Cat Press, and Split Oak Press. He has two full-length poetry collections, Bending the Notes (2008), and Dear Truth (2009), both from Main Street Rag. Paul’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize 13 times, and won one once. He makes his living in Boston as an interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where he specializes in working with the deaf-blind.