Excerpt from Boulevard Saint-Laurent by Julia Y. Knobloch


The following poem appears in our Fall/Winter 2018 issue. The entire single issue is available for purchase in digital format.

At the mountain’s foot live lost Canadians, Jews and Portuguese,
they share distant horizons.

Blue and white tiles hibernate in a small park,
a sign in the sky reads Quincaillerie Açores.

My teacher lived in a sturdy house;
an involuntary prophet, a reluctant priest.

The city shows me how he turned reality into imagination.
The streets are all one song.

I am guided, even without his voice.
Royal equals holy here.

The Main combines bygone and enduring glory,
reveals the names of men I loved.

Julia Y. KnoblochJULIA Y. KNOBLOCH is a former journalist turned translator, project manager, and poet. She occasionally blogs for ReformJudaism.org and was among the recipients of a 2017 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship. Her poems are published or forthcoming with Jewish Currents, Moment Magazine, Rascal, Green Mountains Review, Jewcy, Yes Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.

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