Speaking Past the Tongue by Justin Goldberg

Winner of the 2004 PSA Chapbook Fellowship

Speaking Past the Tongue by Justin Goldberg, selected and introduced by Henri Cole.

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson.


What is speaking past the tongue? Reading these first poems by Justin Goldberg, I wondered, "Isn't that what the poet does overcoming the anxiety of experience and assembling words into art?"

—Henri Cole

Beginnings, Ab Intra (an excerpt)

I search the dark places
of dreams
to know you better,

It's far too late
to ask you what they mean,

but I touch
your bedroom door

listen for footsteps
on the hardwood floor.

The house is silent
you lie fast asleep.
Lift your head now
from the crater in the pillow
where it rests, rise and hear
what I've uncovered.

When we wake,
we will face each other
like strangers
hold our tongues
beneath the table.

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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