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  • Poem Written with Buson
  • Matthew Zapruder (bio)

He told usto go outside

and if someone talked to usto be silent

not in a hostile waymore like after the bells

have stopped performingmore like the building

glazed with sunno longer heard

in evening windhe stumbles suddenly

it's because they have votedto stop thinking

life can be taken awayGirls from Ohara

owls darkeningthe maples at evening

I have never beenon a difficult journey

my beloved villageno longer satisfies me [End Page 165]

the white flowerin the darkness of the heart

the gateway at midnightsomeone goes through

to become invisiblein the capital

when the lanterns of financehave been extinguished

the two of themfeel strengthened

by wine and the songsthat make the path

that can onlybe seen in darkness

hours later the rustlingof her robe

says an old wellis a frightening thing [End Page 166]

Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of Why Poetry (2017), a book of prose, and the poetry collections Sun Bear (2014), Come on All You Ghosts (2010), and The Pajamaist (2006), among other works. His honors include the May Sarton poetry award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; and Lannan and Guggenheim fellowships.



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