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In the Middle of the Bench

January 26, 2012

by Joe Zealberg

After Carlos Drummond de Andrade

In the middle of the bench there was a black patch and cane
there was a black patch and cane in the middle of the bench
there was a black patch and cane
in the middle of the bench there was a black patch and cane.

I’ll never forget that young veteran
clenched in my unblinking eyes.
I’ll never forget that in the middle of the bench
there was a black patch and cane
in the middle of the bench there was a black patch and cane.


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Joe Zealberg, MD attends an ongoing poetry workshop in Charleston, South Carolina with a group known as “The Long Table Poets,” under the direction of Richard Garcia. This is his second appearance in qarrtsiluni.

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  1. zuzubird
    January 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Mesmerizing. Incredibly beautiful. Like the flutter of falling cards, or the ordered tangle of a polyrhythm, while making us feel for what was in the middle of the bench.

  2. February 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    wow …

  3. Elisabeta & Petraq Nasi
    March 16, 2012 at 12:05 am

    It is extraordinary, Joe
    elisabeta & petraq

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