JOSEPH ZACCARDI

November 27, 2010

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DEFIANCE

When writing about the wants of the heart

and the defects of the mind, words often confuse

the end of one day with the beginning of another.

They neither can prove eternity nor the existence

of nothing and for all that they justify both.

Words have great limits and great refusals.

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COVENANT

There is on the bottom of the ocean, silence.

Under all that movable weight, silence.

Like when someone whose arms

encircle the body of another, first

says one thing, then does something else.

The weight of that.

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ACCURACY

Words can define devastation and beauty

with equal accuracy. Here’s one: I learned

in the last hour that a friend’s daughter

died in a head-on collision.

Something instantaneous,

something as simple

as that.

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Fairfax, California poet Joseph Zaccardi is editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. He is the author of two books of poetry, Vents (Pancake Press, 2005) and Render (Poetic Matrix Press, 2009). He received the Individual Artists Grant from the Marin Arts Council in 2003

Center Anthology. He is the author of two books of poetry, Vents (Pancake Press, 2005) and Render (Poetic Matrix Press, 2009). He received the Individual Artists Grant from the Marin Arts Council in 2003.


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