cambridge book review

Winter 2011

Elli Hazit

The ravens
scatter in the snow
fly back up to the bare branches overhead
Black on white
against an overcast sky
Winter sprawled out over the vast fields
Green gone
Light scarce
Warmth withheld
A shelter
A gathering place
for considered reflection
is sought out
The phrases are concentrated
like parcels
Carried to become less specific
Richer for the telling
Or forgotten, like a verse
The tune unwinds
Wind swirls sparkles of ice
into my eyes

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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.

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