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Like A Name

Elli Hazit

What product of what hot night, room
here ponders the correct answer?
A rudimentary measure of knowledge attained
Knowing isn’t everything
They orbit, leaves in the wind
Eyes and hands leading toward questions
Sometimes the spark glows
with strange names that sound like murmurs
They gather,
cadences broken on space, air, compression
into someone making something, of someone
from nothing
Cells in a frenzy of procreation,
impulses drive them, reign when not in check
and they’re always checking
Then later
there will be recovery
All this to connect to
to achieve leisure
Another chance
at creation?

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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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