Elly Bookman: “On the surface, the poem responds to the defeat of the Brazilian soccer team in the World Cup semifinal this week. As the game and its aftermath unfolded, I was struck by how easy it was for myself and those around me to feel empathy for Brazil, when so many more obvious tragedies were occurring elsewhere, such as the latest conflicts in Gaza. I hope the poem points out this disparity without invalidating the emotions surrounding any of the events that occurred on Tuesday.” (@ellybookman)
Note: This poem has been published exclusively online as part of a new project in which poets respond to current events. A poem written within the last week about an event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday at Rattle.com. To have your own poem considered for next week’s posting, submit it here before midnight Friday PST.