May 2010

Hila Ratzabi


Hila Ratzabi has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was selected by Adrienne Rich as a recipient of a National Writers Union Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, The Apparatus of Visible Things, is published by Finishing Line Press. She is the poetry editor of the literary journal Storyscape, co-hosts the Perfect Sense Reading Series at Cornelia Street Cafe, and holds an M.F.A. in Poetry Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.



I have shown up for morning, a late guest.
Light becomes more light-like, less God-like.
The ordered nonsense of birds gets me through the day.

The body is a day to get through, too.
It's in the way.
The light is full of holes, and nothing gets through.


The sky is nothing
but an emotion
God is having right now.


Where do I take myself from here?
To the Canyon of Thought,
the City of Forgetting?

I would like to place these thoughts
on a subway train
or in the mouth of a gargoyle on a Fifth Avenue building.

They'd sit there like a little group of people, waiting.
They would feel safe in that stone center.
I would let them go.



Hila Ratzabi: Poetry
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