Ira Sadoff

(1945 / New York / United States)

Ira Sadoff Poems

1. My Father's Leaving 12/3/2015
2. A Few Surprising Turns 9/24/2016
3. Once I Could Say 9/24/2016
4. Self-Portrait 9/24/2016
5. My First Roses 9/24/2016
6. On the Day of Nixon's Funeral 9/24/2016
7. February 9/24/2016
8. Oklahoma City: The Aftermath 9/24/2016
9. Seurat 1/30/2015
10. Ithaca 11/28/2014
11. My Mother's Funeral 12/17/2014
12. The Soul 9/24/2016

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The Soul

The shaft of narrative peers down.
The soul's a petrified fleck of partridge this October.
Mud-spattered, it thinks it's brush, it thinks
it's one with the brush when God aims

just below its feathers. It's too late to raise the soul,
some ossified conceit we use to talk about deer
as if we were deer, to talk about the sun, as if the cold
autumn light mirrored our lover asleep in the tub.

Nevertheless, I want to talk about it. Those scarred bodies
on the hospital table, they're white chalk children use
to deface the sidewalk. The deer fed in the ...

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