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Woman swimming

2 Poems

Cleo at about 6:13

She barely hears her voice

from the jukebox across

the room, the light outside

as bright as the music

and her summer white dress

and blonde coiffure. She

holds a glass of brandy

she seems not to know is

there, her fingertips just

above the stem. She glides

past the people who talk

or read their newspapers

at the café’s small round

tables and into a chair,

takes off her sunglasses

and swallows her drink, then

covers her eyes to step

out to the boulevard.

 

Regatta on Lake Union, Late July

The light on the lake

dazzles us, who look

on from the shore, yet

the wind is what we

want, that comes and goes.

– Seattle, 2013

About Burt Kimmelman

Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982 – 2013 is Burt Kimmelman’s eighth collection of poetry. In addition to poetry, Kimmelman has published a number of books of literary criticism and scores of essays on medieval, modern or con-temporary poetry. Recent interviews of him by Tom Fink in Jacket and Geoffrey Gatza in BlazeVOX (text), and George Spencer at Poetry Thin Air (video, in two parts) are online. He teaches literary and cultural studies at New Jersey Institute of Technology. More information can be found at BurtKimmelman.com.

About Burt Kimmelman

Burt KimmelmanGradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982 – 2013 is Burt Kimmelman’s eighth collection of poetry. In addition to poetry, Kimmelman has published a number of books of literary criticism and scores of essays on medieval, modern or con-temporary poetry. Recent interviews of him by Tom Fink in Jacket and Geoffrey Gatza in BlazeVOX (text), and George Spencer at Poetry Thin Air (video, in two parts) are online. He teaches literary and cultural studies at New Jersey Institute of Technology. More information can be found at BurtKimmelman.com.

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