Heat Wave

By Samuel Menashe 1925–2011 Samuel Menashe
Sheets entangle him   
Naked on his bed   
Like a toppled mast   
Slack sails bedeck   
At sea, no ballast   
For that even keel   
He cannot keep—
No steering wheel   
As he falls asleep

Source: Poetry (September 2004).


This poem originally appeared in the September 2004 issue of Poetry magazine

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September 2004
 Samuel  Menashe


Samuel Menashe earned acclaim as the creator of numerous compact and precise poems. His first American volume, No Jerusalem But This, was praised by Stephen Spender for "language intense and clear as diamonds." Spender declared that Menashe "can compress an attitude to life that has an immense history into three lines."

To Open, Menashe's 1974 collection, impressed Christian Science Monitor critic Victor Howes with its . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Metaphor

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