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An excerpt from Virga appeared in the winter 2004 issue of
Scott Zieher
The Emergency Almanac. Elsewhere, Scott Zieher's poetry has recently appeared online at Eleven Bulls, Flaneur, Slurrymagazine, and DIAGRAM. He and his partner, Andrea Smith, own ZieherSmith Inc., a contemporary art gallery featuring artists in all media and located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.

from Virga



Scott Zieher
High bells, highballs, tall trees

thumping the doozie dry

As does the tenor's tone

so does the noodle in glasses

on the telephone at the end of the bar that curves in wallops

(Keeping us all corrupt and belly up)


With a seamless stride and trumpet and drums

(The trio ends unfinished)
as ever


Whence to stare?


(There is no wind herein)
only dust all abustle


And men who've painted our corner pink
(just bodega-colored now flesh-tint and garish as before)


Summer unofficially prances into prominence

(turning off the spout-bright sprinklers)


Rain falls on cicadas in Kansas City

(whence the quince tree?)

Where did he go that little ray of Idaho?

(rain falls on under-muscled orioles in Baltimore)

Old ice is replenished with new ice
(radio plays something Spanish)


Diamond shapes erase a trace of dust on dormant doorsteps


The Detroit radio laughs again Calypso-toned


And as for today, this day
are we hearing voices
Or seeing things?



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