Leah Umansky


The giant is there

beside you.

The giant is the model of


The giant is the model of



at his fist.


at his grin.


at his eyes.

The giant undercuts us all.

His mouth,

a boat to swim in.

His hair,

to tie us to shore.

His stance

is ready to stomp.


See him.


His ugliness

is a guise,

for destruction.

His stupidity

is sincere.

His lack

is our lack,

and the gianting

of our pride.

His exaggerating,

is our foundation,

and our foot

in this world.


at the giant we feed.



Leah Umansky is the author of two full length collections, The Barbarous Century (2018), and Domestic Uncertainties (2013), among others. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is the curator and host of The COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as POETRY, Guernica, Bennington ReviewThe Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, Poetry InternationalThe New York Times, Rhino, Pleiades. She is resisting the tyrant with her every move. She is #teamstark  #teamelliot & #teambernard and can be found at @lady_bronte or emailed at leahumansky@gmail.com.  Her favorite sweet is complicated so she’s chosen three:  movie sweet – goobers, restaurant sweet: tiramisu  & candy bar sweet: Yorkie Raisin and Biscuit (UK)


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