Lines Depicting Simple Happiness

By Peter Gizzi b. 1959 Peter Gizzi
The shine on her buckle took precedence in sun
Her shine, I should say, could take me anywhere
It feels right to be up this close in tight wind
It feels right to notice all the shiny things about you
About you there is nothing I wouldn’t want to know
With you nothing is simple yet nothing is simpler
About you many good things come into relation
I think of proofs and grammar, vowel sounds, like
A is for knee socks, E for panties
I is for buttondown, O the blouse you wear
U is for hair clip, and Y your tight skirt
The music picks up again, I am the man I hope to be
The bright air hangs freely near your newly cut hair
It is so easy now to see gravity at work in your face
Easy to understand time, that dark process
To accept it as a beautiful process, your face

Peter Gizzi, “Lines Depicting Simple Happiness,” in The Outernationale © 2007 by Peter Gizzi and reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: The Outernationale (Wesleyan University Press, 2007)

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Poet Peter Gizzi b. 1959

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire

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Educated at New York University, Brown University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, poet Peter Gizzi is the author of several collections of poetry, including Threshold Songs (2011), The Outernationale (2007), and Artificial Heart (1998). Influenced by Ezra Pound, the Beats, and John Ashbery, Gizzi uses both narrative and lyrical gestures to engage and question distance and light in his search for the unmapped. . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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