William Allegrezza


at zero we are
as oracles or leaves
before being born.

left with light to seek
direction from the pool,
though of ear, of tide.

we have straddled the
pavement and dreamed
through woods our republic,

but we remain under
eaves listening to
voices muted through

rain on pebbles through
closed windows as
entrances sealed.


i decided to regularize the placement
    yet i spotted rocks already painted
left under barberry branches        to no
                and the underground tunnels of
field mice seeking winter shelter.
did not know                     what to do in
destruction or ignorance        to
forget an instant in forced decision
to fade.
        the winds came while
the plot resurfaced    to metamorphose
with the season   into something to shun
until new buds rise and the songs come
clear with spring.

William Allegrezza edits the e-zine Moria and teaches at Indiana University Northwest. He has previously published many poetry books, including In the Weaver's Valley, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Collective Instant, Aquinas and the Mississippi (with Garin Cycholl), Covering Over, and Densities, Apparitions; two anthologies, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century and La Alteración del Silencio: Poesía Norteamericana Reciente; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence (co-written with Simone Muench) and Filament Sense (Ypolita Press); and many poetry reviews, articles, and poems. He also edited The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein. He founded and curated series A, a reading series in Chicago, from 2006-2010. In addition, he occasionally posts his thoughts at P-Ramblings.

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