Rotogravure

By Cynthia Zarin b. 1959 Cynthia Zarin
There was another life we knew each other   
We were poor and hungry we lived in a palace   
Cats supped in our place aloft we ate air
Trees were our nursemaids the moss sang to us   
The door was heavy the reed gate was smashed   
We drove through smoke we rode in carriages   
We were far from the shore the ocean was near   
The sky was jute the wet earth gray ash
We spoke in English in Russian we argued
The moon wore a mask the sun mirrored its moods   
In the desert the thirsty went down to the water   
Hummingbirds swarmed lions roared in quarries   
Silence is an envelope noise is paper
This is a story poems come after stories

Cynthia Zarin, “Rotogravure” from The Watercourse. Copyright © 2002 by Cynthia Zarin. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

Source: The Watercourse (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)

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Cynthia Zarin is a poet, journalist, and children’s book author. She earned a BA at Harvard and an MFA Columbia University, and has taught at Yale. Poet-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, she has also been a long-time contributor to the New Yorker. Known for her exacting language, Ernest Hilbert noted that Zarin “composes formal, meditative poems that remind the reader of Elizabeth Bishop and Richard Wilbur.” . . .

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