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Issue 6: Robert Lietz

by Paula Lietz

Toward Platinum

     Were     these ponds     or     only windows
full of mallards     -- and    
     the reports tonight     -- only     market terrors
or     gerrymandered     districts --
     only     airborne     or     rooftop     photographs    
from warzones     -- with     thousands
     of miles between     -- panes     soaped indoors    
to spare the costs     of window treatments --
     and     only     these     ponds     and     windows
say     -- left     to     the set
     of     years to come     -- and     cracked     glass --
paddlings     and     wingings     / alpenglow --
     Ohio     and     Israel     this     tenth     spring    
Elizabeth     -- images    the day    
     deals raw     -- with     a daughter     at     risk   
who knows?     -- a     daughter    
     absorbed     in     celebrations     / birthdays --
and     these     Harptones     / Bonnevilles --
     these     Edsels     / Stereos     -- Youngstown    
and     Steubenville     doowops. 
     We're wishing you    -- blessed     and     well --
wise     wishing     into     seasons --
     wishing     two hearts     the very     best     of
the sweet chances     -- in     this    
     deep pause     blessed     -- with     the ducks
gone now     -- and     leaves
     reflecting     on     still water     -- blessed --
heart     by     heart     -- toward    
     one    shared     table     breakfasting.  No wonder   
then     -- how     homes    
     exist     approximately     -- and     lyrics    
and     land     and     lives     -- beneath    
     this     blue     I     swear     the Great Blue's
made a home in     -- and    
     richly     blessed     -- turning     a word    
toward     platinum     / toward   
     waterfalls      / toward     ibex     -- as    
another     morning     concentrates    
     / incorporates     attention     -- and    
all     we could     make   
     by     physicists      -- make     of  
these     words      erupting    
     from     middle     eastern

Robert Lietz has over 700 poems in more than one hundred journals in the U.S. and Canada, in Sweden and U.K, including Agni Review, Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Epoch, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, The Ontario Review, Poetry, and Shenandoah. Seven collections of poems have been published, including Running in Place (L’Epervier Press,). At Park and East Division ( L’Epervier Press,) The Lindbergh Half-century (L’Epervier Press,) The Inheritance (Sandhills Press,) and Storm Service (Basfal Books). Basfal also published After Business in the West: New and Selected Poems.

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