cambridge book review

For the Parade

Elli Hazit

The endless construction
manifests in
something temporary
For want of the durable, the unchanging

Tagged walls skim past
Messaging of letters, words, fragments
Seams drawn, delineated

Her carriage straight and intentional
A stride that leaves no doubt
of faith or confidence
In public, for the viewing
the critique
By herself—that’s another story

The letters shriek
Words form, descend
And this emotion snarls into life
escapes from view
Proceeds, tosses candy, scrambles, rests
The sacred repetition suggests
No redo
Just a renaming
A day’s celebration

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Elli Hazit was born in San Francisco in 1960. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree from Boston University. Hazit lived in Paris, France from 1983 to 1997. Her writing has been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Cambridge News. She has also produced radio programs for WORT-FM, Madison. One of her stories, “The Tangerines and the Dogs,” was broadcast internationally on the BBC World Service Programme.

June 15, 2011 - Posted by | poetry | , ,

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