Susan Comninos



If legacy means long arms —

my grandfather’s smile

stitched to the gap


in my teeth, then

when I die, make

me a golem


from a palmful

of dirt and torn

pocket of time, with arms


long enough to reach

you, to play

with the fringes at your waist.



Susan Comninos’s poetry has recently appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Rattle, The Common, Prairie Schooner, and North American Review. It’s forthcoming later this winter in Juked. Her debut book manuscript, Out of Nowhere, has been named a finalist for Conduit Books’ Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize. She’s taught creative and critical writing at Siena College, The College of St. Rose, and SUNY Albany, among others. She lives in upstate New York.