Maia Elsner

Maia Elsner was born in London to Mexican and Polish Jewish parents, and began writing poetry in Massachusetts USA. Her poems have been published in Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Magma, Stand and Brittle Star, among others. This year, she was a finalist for the 2020 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Poetry Award and the 2020 Mairtín Crawford Prize in Poetry, and commended for the 2020 Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Un Nuevo Sol: British LatinX Writers (flipped eye, 2019) and Field Notes on Survival (Bad Betty Press, 2020). She is currently based in Oxford, UK.

On the train from Kraków

Today begins with the beautiful / green eyes of the Gestapo /
officer. He looks /
at you & you look