16 February 2006

Featured Poet: William Allegrezza, Part 1

William Allegrezza teaches and writes from his base in Chicago. His poems, articles, and reviews have been published in several countries, including the U.S., Holland, Finland, the Czech Republic, and Australia, and are available in many online journals. Also, he is the editor of moria, a journal dedicated to experimental poetry and poetics, and the editor-in-chief of Cracked Slab Books. His e-book/books include Covering Over, The Vicious Bunny Translations, Lingo, Temporal Nomads, and Ladders in July.

seeking hades again

though some dream leap i find myself watching

cars people
 villages  trees  life
    aid    juries

and somewhere below a bell cord
is being pulled and shadows
         are gathering
   before a pit
   where i should
   be seeking answers.

it aches grease

the journey begins when
you leave stormy waters
and give up hold of the shore

“i have no longing
to be trapped under
clouds in storm”

still divided
  for something to
  clutch as the helm
  goes wild
  and lightning
  flashes on peaks
  turned white

in trusting the drift
one must be prepared for
destruction at sea.

heart’s lake

to be distracted through so many days the
hour as if not even alive
“stories of innocence violated pile up”
and cause the ultimate questions

our survival relies on such

i would rename these deeds to make them disappear
but i cannot force myself
  to turn eyes
  from flame even though
  i go blind.


we watch the wind
tear us to shreds
 nowhere does a
 man listen

in compromise they
fired the shots at me

 the legality of it
 is humorous

in replacing the tide
they knew where to find you.

Copyright © 2006 William Allegrezza

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