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"A Brooklyn Night in July," a poem by Charles Ghigna

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

A Brooklyn Night in July

In the street below two gangs

pierce soft places where flesh had been

while here on the tar-papered tenement roof

we give ourselves away to each other

like a fresh wound sealed

by the cold black bandage of night.


Charles Ghigna (Canopic Publishing 2019)

Charles Ghigna is the author of more than 100 books for children and adults. His poems appear in hundreds of textbooks, anthologies, and magazines — from the New Yorker and Harper's to Cricket and Highlights. For more info, please visit and Charles's page at The Poetry Foundation.

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