William Allegrezza


and forgotten
the worlds
collide along
                      a line we
                               cannot avoid.

we had hoped to turn ourselves aside
at a distance and wait as the train pulled

for now we
                remain to watch
                               the hawthorn
                               leaves blow
                               early and fall
                               under a sky
with clouds.


the cards stand in
for a person, but i am still here
under the lights
watching motion, in motion.

all along the words translate
a picture of a
horse waltzing above a sheet.
the whiteness is totalizing,
though we fall into it
as the bells ring slowly
over still water.

i wonder
constantly about
growth and
waiting for rain to come,
and i know
there must be more than us
with our imaginations
and bullets,
should save ourselves or sink?


time is writing its
love on my skin
as line and

and when i corner her,
she turns to blame me.

i have tried to believe
in something without
beating my lines to
broken letters,
but somehow i cannot
convince myself.

William Allegrezza edits the Moria Books and the e-zine Moss Trill. He 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, his book Step Below: Selected Poems 2000-2015 was recently published with i.e/Meritage Press.
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Blogger Tom Beckett said...

"Arguments" is the one that really grabs me. Lovely piece.

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