Noah Rabinovitch

i want to write a poem about the everglades / where a gas station is a restaurant is a community center / where polyester clings too tight / where the body / sweating / rejects the place / learns to swim in its own brackish water / a professor during orientation week said / home is not a place you are from it is a place you are of / i am of a place where people hook up in bathrooms / i am of a place where hurricanes are holidays / i am of a place where people dance in the streets / to the beat of a man smashing another man’s windshield / i want to write a poem about the everglades / but people from the everglades won’t read it / they’ll burn it in a bonfire or spark notes it / i probably would too / i want to write a poem about the everglades that is not an elegy / if i have kids they won’t be able to graduate high school where i did / it will have sunk by then / my sister’s dance studio is now a gun shop / a high school near mine / a memorial / every time i try to write about the everglades a piece of it is gone / every time a mangrove tries to spread its roots in a swamp there is a mudslide / my home is and was and is and was / unrelentingly / this is not an elegy because i am still here / i am of that place / what i mean is i am still here / unrelentingly


Noah Rabinovitch is a second-year student studying Economics, Environmental Policy, and English. He drinks a cup of coffee every day, and thinks the world would be a better place if everyone else did too.